Department of Defense May Purchase 650,000 iOS Devices
In an effort to retire legacy devices across a rapidly evolving tech landscape, the United States Department of Defense is reportedly interested in purchasing at least 650,000 iOS devices.
Electronista was first to learn that the mobile device testing program currently underway at the Department of Defense has produced a pending purchase order for Apple hardware.
The pending purchase, however, won't be finalized until the conclusion of the sequester.
The order, based on what we know, consists of 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and 210,000 iPhones. More than half of the devices are "headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands." The bulk of devices that don't enter the field will remain with the Pentagon.
In the same report, another source indicates that the iOS devices will replace most of the older BlackBerry devices incompatible with the new BlackBerry 10 software release.