Report: Department of Defense Plans to Order 650,000 iOS Devices
March 21, 2013 10:30 AM
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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.
, "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
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.
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RE: You'd think
3/21/2013 2:01:05 PM
Firstly, the iOS ecosystem, by nature of it's closed vetted app store, is more secure. It doesn't have anywhere near the amount of malware issues that Android has. Don't get me wrong, I'm an Android guy, but it's much harder for a non-savy user to screw up an iOS device.
Secondly, nowhere did the article mention "combat" usage. Plenty of soldiers work in non-combat roles. The military has office managers, IT geeks, and paper pushers, same as any other organization.
RE: You'd think
3/22/2013 9:21:41 AM
In America something like 0.003% of Android devices in the wild have malware. And that is from sideloading unverified apps or using a third party app store. Something I would hope Government employees wouldn't be doing in the first place.
In other words unless you're stupid, you won't have a problem with Android.
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