After an exhaustive and protracted testing phase, the U.S. Department of Defense finally awarded security clearance to Apple’s iPhone and iPad on Friday.
In particular, the Defense Information Systems Agency confirmed the approval of the Apple iOS 6 Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG).
Approval of the STIG means that government-issued iOS 6 mobile devices are approved for use when connecting to DOD networks within current mobility pilots or the future mobile device management framework.
According to the latest estimates from Bloomberg, the U.S. Defense Department currently has more than 600,000 mobile devices in its arsenal. That includes 470,000 BlackBerrys, 41,000 Apple products, and 8,700 Android-powered devices.
To read the full announcement from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency this morning, click here.