Department of Defense Retiring BlackBerry Devices This Year

The United States Department of Defense is reportedly going to purchase 650,000 iOS devices this year following the conclusion of the sequester.

Electronista learned that the purchase order is pending but not yet confirmed.

The order purportedly consists of 120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis, 200,000 iPod touches and 210,000 iPhones.

A majority of the devices are “headed to the battlefield, afloat, and to associated support commands.”

The remainder of the devices order will stay with the Pentagon.

According to Wednesday’s report, the 650,000 iOS devices will largely replace the 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 BlackBerry10 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.