In a statement released by the Defense Department, the U.S. government confirmed that iPhones and iPads running Apple's latest mobile operating system are now cleared for use on its networks. The approval, which was expected, is part of a military plan to allow employees the flexibility to use commercial products on secure government networks.
The Pentagon signaled last week that approval of Apple devices was imminent. The authorization comes two weeks after Samsung Galaxy and BlackBerry 10 handsets were given the OK by the military.
Previously, the Department of Defense was reliant on legacy BlackBerry devices. Under the new rules, employees will be able to utilize the latest Apple devices, along with Samsung Knox-compatible units, and BlackBerry handsets running the company's new platform.
Apple devices have already been used in some areas of the government, but Pentagon certification will allow for their use in more secure areas.