The B-2 stealth bomber. The Patriot missile. The M1 Abrams tank. And … the Apple iPhone?
Earlier this month the Pentagon approved Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS 6 as a secure platform for use on U.S. military networks. Federal systems integrators say the decision is a big win for Apple and could spell trouble for BlackBerry -- the military's prior mobile device of choice. (The Pentagon has also approved the BlackBerry 10 smartphone, Blackberry PlayBook tablet and Samsung Galaxy S4 for military use.)
Solution providers expect a wave of new iOS applications designed for use by military personnel. "There are a zillion folks who use Apple devices," said Harry Martin, president and CEO of Intelligent Decisions, an Ashburn, Va.-based solution provider to the federal government. "It's going to be natural for them to use those devices within the B2B and military communities," he said, calling the Apple win a "game-changer."