Department of Defense to purchase more than 650,000 iOS devices?

Department of Defense to purchase more than 650,000 iOS devices?
BlackBerry 10 was shot down on Tuesday with news that the British government found the OS not secure enough. Now comes word that the mobile device testing program at the Department of Defense has led to an order to purchase more than 650,000 iOS devices directly from Apple. The order is pending, but is expected to go through once the sequester is over. The testing program is said to still be going on, but some needs can't wait which is why the order was placed.

One source familiar with the Defense Department plans said that the iOS devices will replace 470,000 older BlackBerry models that are in daily use. These are not BlackBerry 10 models, but run on an older BlackBerry OS. The testing had cut out the BlackBerry 10 from contention due to costs. The breakdown of the order goes like this: 120,000 Apple iPads, 100,000 Apple iPad mini tablets, 200,000 Apple iPod touch models and 210,000 Apple iPhone units of various models. One the sequester ends, specific models will be named.

More than half of the devices will see action in the battlefield, afloat at sea or at support commands. Most of the remaining half will be used at the Pentagon. Hey, these are your tax dollars at work!

source: electronista

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22 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

DoD has good tastes

20. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

No it must be corruption, because who would buy a device where you can not copy a file or simply install one purpose app for their company? iOS for enterprise is a complete nonsense..... It's like to have a screwdriver instead of drill :-)

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Too bad they have good taste for the wrong fruit. Muahahahaha...you're funny man.

13. wendygarett unregistered

IPhone? Fine... IPad? Fine as well... IPod touch? Wtf!!! seriously!! I can really rename this a 'department of Apple fansite'

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Maybe the DoD wants to listen to music, play samurai series, tap around...

3. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

The UK CESG rumor was corrected by the CESG hours after the rumors came out yesterday yet you Alan F continue to go by the original incorrect information. Shame.

12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

You surprised? I am not.

5. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

200,000 Apple iPod touch models? I have no idea what I would do with an iPod touch at work. Now I can see pilots using the iPad mini for their flight plans or uploading weather briefs. Especially with everybody trying to go paperless.

6. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

I just can understand how the DoD can go with Apple. I assume the security should be their top priority and Apple can not fix a lock screen bug since 3 releases. Also try typing with wet dirty hands (like in the battlefield) on touchscreen. This is total BS.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

iOS since something like v. 5 in combination with I believe the A5 CPU is a very secure environment (AES256). It is certified by NSA for storage of Top Secret information. The stale UI is not necessarily a decision criteria for the DoD.

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Alan continues to write these articles "knowing" that those rumors weren't true. You should be ashamed of your self.

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

You'll get a warning ... check your mailbox :D

8. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yet phonearena claimed blackberry was doing fine lol

9. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

This makes no sense... What are really the flaws in bb10?

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Simply put, it's not Apple. "It just doesn't work".

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Need more comments from fandroids. Come on. We're missing the usual comments about stocks, maps, etc. At the end of the day, I just sit back and lol at all the comments people say about Apple dying. These teenagers will never understand why apple is dominant in the enterprise world.

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

200,000 iPod touch?! (FAINTS) X(

17. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

amazing--in the middle of sequestration. How is this possible?

18. kg4icg

Posts: 83; Member since: May 18, 2008

Need to fix your story on the BlackBerry and UK government, because they haven't bought the phone in for testing yet. So you can't really say UK government shot down BlackBerry Z10.

21. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Why is Alan F allowed to continue writing articles if he's knowingly putting out false information? Oh... Wait... This is IPHONEarena and if it doesn't make Apple look good, then it gets blasted. Seriously, its ridiculous that IPhonearena continues to allow disinformation to be printed and let these "so-called" "tech journalists" continue to spread lies. Every other site has either updated or corrected their BB stories but IPhonearena continues to print misinformation.

22. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You sound upset broseph. Nobody is forcing you to go to this website and read their articles.

23. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

The only one that seems "mad" here sister, is you. You mad that I'm calling out your favorite site for writing incorrect crap? You butt hurt that I'm calling out your favorite iPhonearena writer who you spend nights fantasizing about because he's been writing bogus articles that are outright lies?

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