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DoD reportedly set to buy 650,000 iOS devices to replace legacy products

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An unconfirmed report on Wednesday claims the U.S. Department of Defense is preparing to purchase some 650,000 iOS devices in an effort to upgrade its existing digital ecosystem, with the buy set to go through after the ongoing federal spending cuts have completed.

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According to Electronista, the huge pending order is a result of a mobile platform testing program, which looks to update the DoD's aging digital infrastructure.

The publication notes that the order of over 650,000 iOS devices should go through after the first phases of the project are complete, contingent on "a few other initiatives coming to fruition" and the end of the federal sequester.

A breakdown by device claims the department will put in an order for 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and some 210,000 iPhones. While the destination of the products varies, "more than half are headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands. Most of the rest will stay [at the Pentagon]."

Earlier in March, the DoD reportedly cut funding of its BlackBerry test program, which was putting the newest BB10 operating system through its paces. At the time, the department said it was nearing completion of iOS and Android device trials.

The influx of new Apple hardware is said to replace many of the existing BlackBerry units used by the department, which is estimated to be supporting 470,000 such devices, none of which are running the company's newest OS.
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Those could have made RIM's year ... oh well.

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This is why, when we read the "Apple is Doomed" tech media blogs, we should all throw our heads back and have a good laugh.

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Is Obama still using a BB phone? That has to be the icing on the cake for Apple ][. 1biggrin.gif
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Obama probably still does use a BB, like his policies, dated and desperately needing an update.

I honestly did not mean to make this political but looking back on my innocently made comment it's impossible to see how my query wouldn't have sparked this sort of response by someone.

I take full responsibility for any horrible turn this thread my take. Mods, please delete my comments if the need arises.
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Is Obama still using a BB phone? That has to be the icing on the cake for Apple ][. 1biggrin.gif
 

 

Yes, I do believe that Obama still uses a Blackberry.1smile.gif

 

I also know that he had some trouble operating an iPhone a little while ago.

 

 

But when White House trip director Marvin Nicholson handed the president his personal iPhone, Mr. Obama couldn’t get it to work. A reporter who witnessed the scene said the president looked “befuddled.”

“It’s not clear he knows how to dial on an iPhone,” the reporter wrote in a pool report.

Finally, Mr. Obama said, “Oh, I got to dial it in. Hold on, hold on. I can do this. See, I still have a BlackBerry.”

The president then “had a little more trouble dialing,” the pool report said.

The president then has more trouble dialing. When the call didn’t go through, he blamed Mr. Nicholson for having an insufficient cell phone plan.



http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/sep/9/tech-challenge-obama-has-trouble-iphone/#ixzz2O7fEiqq9 
 


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I honestly did not mean to make this political but looking back on my innocently made comment it's impossible to see how my query wouldn't have sparked this sort of response by someone.

I take full responsibility for any horrible turn this thread my take. Mods, please delete my comments if the need arises.

People not looking to pick a fight would not see your comments as politically motivated. I interpreted them in the light of the President's own comments about his lack of tech savvy. Wasn't he quoted as saying he didn't know how to work an iPod? 12 years is an eternity in tech.

@mods - Delete mine along with Solips' if needed.
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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
I take full responsibility for any horrible turn this thread my take. Mods, please delete my comments if the need arises.

 

This is your thread.

 

This is your thread when politics comes into the mix.

 

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Great sign. That is probably probably half of what MS sold in phones last year
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I wonder if the govt will release a civilian version of their WarGames®

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Is Obama still using a BB phone? That has to be the icing on the cake for Apple ][. 1biggrin.gif
Legacy? Did RiM change their name again?

There are numerous photos of his carrying an iPad (Jobs gave him one of the first on a visit to the White House).

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If true, this is terrible news for Apple. WS spin: tax payer money wasted on iDevices.
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Those could have made RIM's year ... oh well.

 

That's almost 1 day of production for Apple.

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With sequestration, DoD isn't buying shiit. "Unconfirmed reports"
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I wonder if the govt will release a civilian version of their WarGames®

Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

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With sequestration, DoD isn't buying shiit. "Unconfirmed reports"

It helps to read the article:

"with the buy set to go through after the ongoing federal spending cuts have completed."
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It helps to read the article:

"with the buy set to go through after the ongoing federal spending cuts have completed."

Which won't be until next fiscal year at the soonest.
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Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?

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It helps to read the article:

"with the buy set to go through after the ongoing federal spending cuts have completed."

 

The DoD couldn't afford to buy new PCs... this is their way of cutting costs AND moving boldly into the post-PC era.

 

Balmer has got to be throwing chairs. He has nothing the DoD wants. If RIMM or MSFT had anything to show back in early 2012, they MIGHT have been able to be part of this buy... but...

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Keep the politics out of this board please
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at least there doing something smart by going with apple... i guess we wont hear this on cnbc or cramer..
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Oh great, now North Korea is going to start cyber attacking iOS devices.

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Which won't be until next fiscal year at the soonest.

Unlikely. Congress will eventually have to get together and do something. If they wait until next fiscal year, look for a 70% new House in 2014.
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If true, this is terrible news for Apple. WS spin: tax payer money wasted on iDevices.

So far, Google shows no reporting of this beyond the Apple-centric web sites. Will the WSJ pick it up?
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Wow, the comments here are way different than Mac Rumors, came here thinking I had an argument, but no. Everyone here seems to be on board with this. 

 

MacRumors users say it was a waste of money... sequester blah blah blah. 

 

I work at a VERY large company who recently purchased an iOS device for every employee. I'm one of the iOS devs for the internal enterprise software for that company. They have already started saving money by avoiding massive print jobs, internal on-the-site communication, keeping everyone up to speed on the competition, sharing reports, etc. There is a lot they DoD can do with these, and with Apple giving them an indefinite enterprise certificate, they could create a lot of software that just isn't possible on the App Store with Apple's rules. 

 

Others were bitching about not going with Android because it's open source, blah kinda. But is the DoD going to really modify kernels?

 

 

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post #26 of 33
This is nothing. There are 10s of people on the Ars Techica forum that will offset this purchase.

But seriously, every time I hear the "Android is open" or "Android gives you choice" I just smirk. There's no Android. Only Samsung.

The DoD is just acting Iike most other enterprises. Buying the most manageable and standard solution.
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I hope, if the iOS devices work out, they also buy Macs for the desktop. Call me old fashioned but I still care about the Mac and want it to keep growing.

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...but, but, I'm sure someone was posting the other day how battle hardened Donut will be used by the DOD.

 

The post had lots of big words and technical sounding stuff about kernels, sandboxes, encryption and everything.

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Is Obama still using a BB phone? That has to be the icing on the cake for Apple ][. 1biggrin.gif

Bad Soli! 1wink.gif
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Buying iOS devices is actually a good way to save money.  If you knew how much the gov spent per computer on MS CALs you would be shocked.

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Apparently the rumor wasn't accurate afterall. A DoD spokesman says the report that Blackberry devices were being ditched and replaced by those from Apple wasn't true.

"The department is aware of recent reporting that asserts it is 'dropping' BlackBerry. This reporting is in error. The department recently released its mobility strategy and supporting implementation plan, which clarifies we are moving towards a mobile management capability that supports a variety of devices, to include BlackBerry," Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, an official DoD spokesman, told PCMag.

Earlier this month, Electronista reported that the Pentagon had "decimated" its testing budget for BlackBerry 10, the newly released operating system for BlackBerry smartphones, in order to "save the DoD millions in procurement and personnel costs." On Wednesday, the tech blog said it had learned from unnamed sources that the department planned to order more than 650,000 iOS devices from Apple, including 210,000 iPhones, 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, and 200,000 iPod touches, at the conclusion of the sequester.

Pickart said he was not aware of plans to place such a large order for devices from Apple."

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416904,00.asp
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post #32 of 33
iDevices for the military is already in high gear. I have personally help setup "New" MacBook Airs and iPads for generals in the Army. Saved a ton of time and money when everything got sync'd in the clouds. Not a BB in sight nowadays.

New secure mobile WiFi should be completed soon as well for those devices.

Everything's looking good for Apple 1smile.gif
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Buying iOS devices is actually a good way to save money.  If you knew how much the gov spent per computer on MS CALs you would be shocked.

Yep. I still can't believe the massive costs of Wndows Server. Back when Apple was selling xServe, it was often cheaper to buy an xServe with unlimited client licenses than to buy WIndows server - even if your hardware was free.
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