Reports have been made that the DoD would be purchasing a huge number of iOS devices but it hasn’t turned its back on BB.
The United States Department of Defense has been making mobile technology news over the last few days since major reports were made, saying that it had intentions to buy approximately 650,000 devices based on Apple’s iOS, this year, following the closure of the sequester.
These reports suggested that it would purchase of a number of different types of Apple’s devices.
According to reports from Electronista, the technology news will be made up of orders for 210,000 iPhones, 200,000 iPod Touch devices, 120,000 iPads, and 100,000 iPad Minis. Most of these various mobile devices will be directed toward battlefields, ships, and various support commands. The rest of the devices that have been purchased will remain in the Pentagon.
That said, this technology news didn’t come from the DoD, which insists that it is still with BlackBerry.
At first glance, it would appear that many of the Department of Defense’s aging legacy devices – which are made up primarily of BlackBerry products – would be replaced altogether with iOS machines. However, it was announced on Friday that this was a misinterpretation of the announcements that have been made.
The Department of Defense issued a technology news statement that indicated that the agency would not be abandoning its strong relationship with BlackBerry. In fact, it looks as though the opposite will be true.
According to an official spokesperson for the Department of Defense, Lt. Colonel Damien Pickart, “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. Pickart also pointed out that he did not know of any plans that for an order of Apple iOS devices that was as large as the one that has been reported across technology news sites and publications. He explained that the DoD mobility experts are examining the reports that have been made, but that they are not familiar with the data and the various figures that were quoted in the reports and articles regarding the purchase of iOS devices by the department.