According to a new report, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is placing a substantial order for iOS devices that will see the Apple products appearing on the battlefield as well as in offices.
Electronista is reporting that following the conclusion of the current federal budget sequester in the U.S., the DoD intends to order just over 650,000 iOS devices from Apple. Speaking to “well-places sources familiar with the matter,” the DoD is anxious to place the order as soon as possible to replace aging products currently in use.
Reportedly the order will breakdown as 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and 210,000 various models of the iPhone. More than half of the devices will be heading to the battlefield according to the sources, while the remainder will be headed to office use inside of the Pentagon.
All of this will supposedly come at the expense of the 470,000 BlackBerry devices currently used through out the DoD. Apparently testing was underway on the viability of BlackBerry 10 when the sequester on funds was put into place, and there is doubt that those funds will be replaced once its lifted.
There is currently no indication of when the sequester will be lifted, and the potential order is on hold until such time as that occurs.
Update: Speaking with Wired, Air Force Lt. Col. Damien Pickart denied that the military is phasing out the 470,000 BlackBerry devices. He did not, however, confirm or deny if there is an order pending with Apple.