First and foremost, the Pentagon plans to let recruits use Apple and Google phones in addition to aging BlackBerry handsets. The military uses 250,000 RIM devices, making it the company’s single biggest customer. But iPhones and Androids now outpace BlackBerrys, forcing the DoD to embrace the changing market.
Army and Marine corps members have been testing Apple and Google smartphones in military exercises for some time, using them to text, send GPS locations and file in-field reports. IPhones and Android models do well even during tests in desert conditions, suggesting they are appropriate for use in arid battle zones.
IPads, too, are increasingly useful in battle, as they now allow soldiers to guide drones using specialized software.