The United States Department of Defense is planning to place a huge order with Apple.
Electronista reports that according to “unnamed sources”, DoD will be ordering more than 650,000 iOS devices.
The report claims that DoD is planning to replace nearly all the older BlackBerry devices incompatible with the new BlackBerry 10 software release with iOS devices. The DoD has deployed more than 470,000 BlackBerry devices currently.
The report notes DoD will purchase 120,000 iPads, 120,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and 210,000 iPhones.
Another source familiar with the situation told us that the iOS devices were intended to replace nearly all the older BlackBerry devices incompatible with the new BlackBerry 10 software release. Statistics gathered from devices deployed by the DoD show 470,000 BlackBerry devices in daily use, none of which use the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. Testing of the new operating system has been gravely impacted by the sequester, and the outright elimination of funds earmarked for the BlackBerry 10 platform may never be restored.
The report also notes that “more than half are headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands. Most of the rest will stay [at the Pentagon].”
If the report is accurate then it would be a big win for Apple.