US Department of Defense said to be ordering 650,000 iOS devices

By , Mar 20, 2013

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The United States Department of Defense has a pending purchase order for more than half a million iOS devices, according to a new report. ‘Well-placed sources’ say the government plans to purchase in upwards of 650,000 iPhones, iPads and iPod touches as part of an ongoing effort to update and mobilize its technologies…

Electronista has the scoop:

Electronista has discovered that the mobile device testing program currently underway at the Department of Defense has produced a pending purchase order for Apple hardware. Following completion of the first phases of the project, as well as a few other initiatives coming to fruition, the Department of Defense will be ordering just over 650,000 iOS devices from the Cupertino manufacturer following conclusion of the sequester.”

The site says that the gigantic order is broken down as follow: 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches, and the remaining 210,000 are to be filled by various iPhones. Specific models were not given, and the destination of the devices vary, with some headed to the battlefield, and others headed to the Pentagon.

All of this new Apple hardware is expected to replace many of the existing BlackBerry units used by the Department, which are estimated to number close to the 500,000 range. Earlier this year, the DoD announced that it was ending its exclusive relationship with BlackBerry, and opening up its network to Android and iOS devices.

But the news gets worse for the Canadian handset-maker. Electronista says that it’s also hearing that testing for BlackBerry’s latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, has been “gravely impacted by the sequester.” And instead of being delayed, like the aforementioned iOS device purchase, it’s been completely canceled.

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  • http://twitter.com/acenyc003 William sage

    Damn that is a …. Shitload

  • Yashirah

    Where’s Samsung Gs’s?? jajajajajajajajaa booya go back to the end of the line you peace of shitty plastic laggen product!

    • http://www.facebook.com/krystal.moore.16 Krystal Moore

      I was surprised at first…then realized they were in the thousands, not millions haha. A big jump for Apple I’d say.

    • s0me

      lol this is because Apple is a USA company, why would they buy Samsungs made by South Koreans?

  • KaKFT

    That’s right around 232 million dollars… ._. I guess we know where our tax dollars are going.

    • Mike

      If you let them decide what hardware “best suits their needs” of course they’re going to pick iOS devices. If you allow me to pick the car that “best suits my needs” and put it on a government credit card, I’m going to pick a Lamborghini. You have to learn to live within your means because that many iOS devices is a luxury, and the DoD could survive with cheaper hardware.

  • misterz

    Surprised this is still happening with the sequester.

    • http://twitter.com/Alvin691 Alvin691

      Why are you surprised? Sequester is being used to punish their political foes publicly.

  • seyss

    government knows best not to buy phones designed by dog eaters

  • Mohammed Sahib

    While I can understand the need for iPads and iPhones, I have to ask why iPod touch?? Do they NEED to listen to music or something?. Seems an awful waste of money IMO.

    • smtp25

      I thought the same at first read, but really its probably for some other wifi related purpose .. umm ah yeah I got nothing

  • seyss

    the government knows best not to buy phones designed by dog eaters

  • http://twitter.com/dawen78 greg

    Iphone don’t have same “SECURITY CERTIFICATIONS” AS BB and they arent dumping BB

    Don’t be fooled by electronista of any of these other piece of oje bloggers… They dont have a clue.. all these bloggers are jokes trying to drive the stock price down when they are all shorts

    DoD just shot their article down. Stop reporting false news Electronista!