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iOS devices to replace aging Blackberrys

A report is making the rounds that the U.S. Department of Defense has plans to purchase a huge number of Apple gadgets. According to the report, the DOD plans to purchase 650,000 iOS devices to replace older BlackBerry devices (the Department of Defense currently has about 470,000 BlackBerry devices in use daily).

The DOD is tipped to be purchasing 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod Touches, and over 20,000 iPhones.

According to TechCrunch, "More than half are headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands. Most of the rest will stay [at the Pentagon]."

According to the DOD, it will have 8 million smartphones in service over the next three years. In addition, devices used by the Department of Defense for classified data handling are modified for enhanced security with components that can quadruple their final cost.

The Department of Defense announced last year that BlackBerry would not have the exclusive contract for smartphone devices any longer. The Defense Department is seeking to become "device agnostic" with the goal of allowing soldiers and administrators to share data amongst devices more easily. 

Source: TechCrunch



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Easier to administer
By Dug on 3/21/2013 11:45:15 AM , Rating: 4
If anyone has had to do a large rollout of connected devices you would know that the administration of Apple devices is so easy to configure with OS X server. Everything can be tied down and only certain apps allowed to run. Everything from your own communication server, group administration, certificates, vpn, remote wipe, updates, etc. can be easily controlled.
Can't do that easily with android because of the differences in devices (fragmented).




RE: Easier to administer
By JackBurton on 3/21/2013 11:58:13 AM , Rating: 2
Shhhhh...This is an Apple bashing site. Your sensible explanations have no business here.

Now, let's carry on with the pro Android, anti-Apple agenda here.


RE: Easier to administer
By LordSojar on 3/21/2013 12:08:40 PM , Rating: 1
Apple bashing? All the pros that you espouse are put to rest by a custom Android distro. Actually, I'll widen the net.. a custom mobile Linux distro on the phones built my Moto.

There, see? You keep ALL the work in America (where are iProducts made again? Oh right, China) Moto makes their stuff here, Google makes their stuff here, and the components could be sourced from Qualcomm, who makes their stuff here.

It would be a nice boon to our electronics industries and put that tax money right back into the pockets of American industries who employ Americans, and thus back into the pockets of the Americans. I don't want my tax money going to a company that sells pretty products at a premium price made on the backs of cheap, low QoL Chinese labor prisons... I mean factories.


RE: Easier to administer
By JackBurton on 3/21/2013 1:37:13 PM , Rating: 2
Did you mean to respond to my post or is this just some random gibberish?


RE: Easier to administer
By Nekrik on 3/21/2013 1:03:55 PM , Rating: 5
Only problem there is you have to run Apple's afterthought to what a server OS should be.


RE: Easier to administer
By Nekrik on 3/21/2013 3:23:58 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure how this is getting voted up, has anyone who voted it up actually ever used OSX Server? I'm guessing not or you would understand why this is simply a horrendous idea.


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