Department of Defense Ordering 650,000 iOS Devices? [Updated: DoD Denies]

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The United States Department of Defense is reportedly ordering more than 650,000 iOS devices according to Electronista, which cites unnamed sources.

    The report says the DoD will purchase 120,000 iPads, 120,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and 210,000 iPhones. The devices will be used in a variety of situations, with more than 50% "headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands." The rest will be used in office situations like the Pentagon.
    The site suggests that the actual order of the devices is being delayed due to the sequester, and the purchase will move forward once that is resolved by Congress.

    Update: The Department of Defense has denied the claims made in Electronista's article, saying that it has no plans to end support for BlackBerry phones. Additionally, the spokesperson said DoD "mobility experts are looking into what has been reported and are not familiar with the figures quoted in that report/article."

    The DoD says it supports more than 600,000 mobile devices currently, including 470,000 BlackBerry, 41,000 iOS, and 8,700 Android.

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  2. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
  3. macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Keeping the troops busy at the front I suppose.
  4. macrumors 603


  5. macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    Angry bird ballistics OP.
  6. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Luckily the country isn't in a financial cris.... oh wait.
  7. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    Good. Buying American is always good (even it isn't actually made here).
  8. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    This is just a small drop in the ocean of sales by a company as big as Apple. It is kind of like Boeing bragging that they sold one more island-hopper type airplane to the military.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2006
    Its a good marketing strategy : "If it's good enough for the USA armed forces it's, probably, good enough for you non life-or-death corporate users"
  10. macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007

    I have a hang nail, oh, but wait, it is the result of the sequester so it's ok.

    Everyone understands that the sequester results in no reduction in government spending, right? Plus any spending approved for this month was not effected by the sequester unless Obama specifically stopped it. Since when did news become propaganda?
  11. macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    London, England
  12. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    Better than buying Blackberry or Samsung, or almost any other smartphone or tablet manufacturer company for that matter ... as they aren't American.

    Buying American supports its own economy and a heavy percent will go back into their pockets as tax revenue.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    i wasn't aware that iOS was approved - at least not with the Dept of Army

    last time i got notice, there were specific Android tablets that had been tested and approved by my local IT Command but not iOS

    are there more details as to which specific military branches had approved iOS?
  14. macrumors newbie


    Jul 30, 2012
  15. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    Looks like iOS devices are starting to crack the corporate marketplace. I'm sure the "closed garden" safety of the Apple environment is a key reason.
  16. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    I see. ;-)
  17. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    And it's important that the military be using only the latest and greatest OSs on their mobile devices... why, again?

    Sounds like needless spending, to me.

    Recall, US taxpayers, that when you see a headline like this, it should say "Your money being used to order 650 K iOS devices."
  18. macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Sunnyvale CA USA
    Poor choice

    While I am a long time Mac fan (my first Mac was a FatMac in 1984), this is a very poor decision by the DoD. They should be choosing open source solutions whenever possible and with smartphones and tablets, they have an easy choice, Android.

    I watched and participated while our government's time and money were wasted with proprietary Microsoft DOS, Windows, etc. Microsoft continually jerked our DoD around and I see no reason to believe that Apple won't do the same.

    I know fans of iOS will be happy to have their personal choice validated, but this is not a good direction for our tax money.
  19. macrumors 603


    Election season 2007.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    Aren't prosecutors gonna have to "let criminals go" and arent we "giving teachers pink slips already" because of how dire these sequester cuts are?

  21. macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    But we're not in a fiscal crisis. That's a political scam.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    Our tax money lining Apple's pockets. Yes, choose the company with the largest markup not to mention the fact that they don't have a need for 240k ipads and really don't need 200k ipods.
  23. macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Not really. Obama's iPad contains modifications by the NSA. The DoD uses probably modified iDevices, special software and MIL-STD cases.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    Congress would reject that since the iPad mini doesn't have Retina display.
  25. macrumors member

    Aug 18, 2011
    Android is only partly open, and aside from Motorola, all the hardware would be designed by foreign companies. The kernel of iOS is open source as well, so whoop de doo. The DOD has no interest in kernel hacking mobile OSs, so I doubt they care much.

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