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Apple Mobile Devices Cleared For Use On US Military Networks 94

Posted by timothy
from the siri-what's-the-best-way-to-launch-a-nuclear-missile? dept.
puddingebola writes with this excerpt from a Bloomberg report: "The Pentagon cleared Apple Inc. (AAPL) devices for use on its networks, setting the stage for the maker of iPhones and iPads to compete with Samsung Electronics Co. and BlackBerry for military sales. The Defense Department said in a statement [Friday] that it has approved the use of Cupertino, California-based Apple's products running a version of the iOS 6 mobile platform. The decision eventually may spur a three-way fight for a market long dominated by Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry.'" Also, Apple devices are best for uploading viruses to alien craft.
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Apple Mobile Devices Cleared For Use On US Military Networks

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  • by Daniel Benoy (2927131) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @06:09PM (#43769821)
    I've long considered this to be the reason why Blackberry has been profitable. This sort of deal is a very juicy plum, and I've always had my doubts about the strength of Blackberry's phones. Another thing that may have contributed to blackberry's survival is its monopoly on BBM, but soon that will be ending as well.
  • so what does IOS 6 military have over the main IOS?

    Can you side load easily with it?

  • Plan: Skynet Expansion right on schedule.
  • by decora (1710862) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @06:38PM (#43769929) Journal

    "a peace symbol sir"

    a peace symbol? but dont you sell to the military?

    "yes sir"

    what are you trying to say soldier?

    "something about the duality of man sir"

    • by gmhowell (26755)

      What's your major malfunction numbnuts, didn't your mommy and daddy love you enough?

    • Soldiers don't sell to the military. They ARE the military. Jeez, people are dumb these days.
    • There's a peace symbol on Apple's website? Where?

      • when Steve Jobs was CEO, there was. i cant remember exactly which section, but i remember it. might have been the 'student' section.

  • This represents a serious change in Apple's direction. They have avoided the business/enterprise market because they haven't been interested in competing in other, existing markets and certainly never wanted to be held to the same standards as the likes of Dell. But now the government/military market? This is a long way from trying to tie everything together with iTunes.

    • by gnasher719 (869701) on Sunday May 19, 2013 @07:02PM (#43769999)

      This represents a serious change in Apple's direction. They have avoided the business/enterprise market because they haven't been interested in competing in other, existing markets and certainly never wanted to be held to the same standards as the likes of Dell. But now the government/military market? This is a long way from trying to tie everything together with iTunes.

      As mentioned before, you could for many years now buy an "Enterprise" developer license, which allows you to make your apps available to any unmodified iOS device without going through Apple's app store. (The license requires you to make sure that apps will _only_ be downloaded to devices belonging to that enterprise). So this license is specifically for enterprises who want to develop apps for their employees.

    • You got the money, honey - I've got the time.

    • by the_B0fh (208483)

      You really think the DoD is telling Apple - come on, bring some manufacturing back to USA, and we will list your phone as one of the approved phones!!!

      You're a bigger moron than I thought possible.

    • They did this for Mac OS X back in 10.5 when they got their official UNIX stamp. Not surprising that they would go after an organization that literally prints money to spend on stuff.

    • This represents a serious change in Apple's direction.

      This is a Defense Department announcement, not an Apple one. There's nothing to indicate Apple have done anything, other than sell iPhones and enterprise licenses to all comers.

      Apple might have done more, but there's no indication here. And there's certainly not any sign of a serious change of direction. Those enterprise licenses for iOS have been around for years, allowing enterprise customers to install their own apps and have control of their iPhones, without going anywhere near the iTunes App Store.

      Sure

  • Some may be wondering how this could be possible when almost all Apple devices have built-in cameras. The military employs a skilled third party to remove them completely instead of just disabling them. Here is some of his work (a Mac with the iSight taken out): http://i40.tinypic.com/2yvs9ki.jpg [tinypic.com] .
  • US military networks must have an awful lot of RAM and power CPUs then because dropping an Apple bomb on them is quite the system resources burden, lol.
  • It should be required that ALL of these devices be made in western nations. Otherwise, you can be certain that there will be backdoors in the hardware.
  • Alpine
  • Apple is going to find out the hard way that 'fast development/aquisition' means something entirely different to Apple than it does to the military. Apple probably thinks that half a year is a long time, while the military thinks that five/ten years is quite average.

    Apple is mistaken if it thinks it's going to play a role above level 'Restricted'. Well, unless it's pilots. But pilots get whatever they want anyway.

    • by tlhIngan (30335)

      Apple is going to find out the hard way that 'fast development/aquisition' means something entirely different to Apple than it does to the military. Apple probably thinks that half a year is a long time, while the military thinks that five/ten years is quite average.

      Apple releases a new phone and tablet once a year. That's not fast, and in a market like smartphones, it's pretty damn slow when the likes of Samsung are releasing tons of phones daily. Sure they're not all SGS4s, but damn, Samsung makes hundred

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