Apple Scores Approval From the Pentagon

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) may be the third major smartphone maker to receive approval from the U.S. Department of Defense for use in the Pentagon, but is in no way the least influential. While Cupertino may be playing catch-up in this single area to BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY  ) and Samsung -- the first smartphone maker to get approval for a Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android device -- the company is well positioned on multiple levels. Now Nokia and the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system are the last major players not granted access.

In the video below, Fool.com contributor Doug Ehrman discusses the details of the Pentagon approval, what it means for the company, and what longer-term impact it might have.

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  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:11 AM, commercenary wrote:

    Any written disclosure on Motley Fool positions in the stocks mentioned in this article?...

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:21 AM, MotleyDirtbags wrote:

    A link to your source? Or are you just making this up. I've heard no other official confirmation. Do we just take your word for it ?

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:24 AM, HelpIsHere wrote:

    Apple will likely sell close to a 1,000 phones to the DoD janitors, so that's good news. Aside from that, they have zero security. You need to talk about what they were approved for. Non-secure email for janitors isn't that exciting.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:28 AM, cbglobal wrote:

    I can see what HelpIsHere above is saying. My spouse can use their bring from home Android device to receive their company emails. They are just a low level IT support person. The major players at the company all have company issued Blackberrys.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:42 AM, k1moops wrote:

    http://www.dogtownmedia.com/apple-ios-given-thumbs-up-by-pen...

    The Pentagon gave Apple’s iOS platform a big seal of approval today, clearing the iPhone and iPad for use by Department of Defense employees.

    According to an article by Apple Insider, “The DoD will reportedly grant clearance for both iOS 6, Apple’s current mobile operating system, as well as iOS 5, the company’s previous-generation software. iOS 5 will be cleared for use on an “as needed” basis subject to hardware modification, while any device running iOS will be acceptable, without the need for hardware modification.”

    The approval process set up by the Pentagon is comprehensive and extremely difficult to pass. However, Apple has proven that their devices are running some of the most secure software available. For example, the DEA recently complained that they couldn’t circumvent the iOS platform’s encryption technology used on the app iMessage.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:51 AM, cbglobal wrote:

    The issue is not whether the DEA can get around iMessage; but whether the Chinese, Russians, ETC, ETAL can get into it. Why don't they ask the CIA and NSA if they can hack iMessage?

    Ask the British MI5 while you're at it. I do not think the British or Russians allow iPhones for official use.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 11:58 AM, k1moops wrote:

    DoD deploys a lot of state-of-the-art technologies in many critical and complex missions that require the most secure software available, and the best OS the world has to offer. iOS has been running in hundreds of millions of devices worldwide since 2007. Steve Jobs had directly ordered the Apple engineers to refrain from changing iOS since 2007, instead, Apple engineers were ordered to enhance, streamline, fix bugs, enrich, improve iOS making iOS by far the industry's most robust, high performance, secure, stable, mature, bug free, lean and mean, industrial strength, versatile, advanced, modern OS in the world today. iOS app development toolset is the most advanced and polished for mobile equipments and devices. Developers vastly prefer the iOS over Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry.

    The Pentagon is the pinnacle for secure, robust, advanced, and powerful military equipment and services. Apple is the coolest, most mature, powerful, stable, advanced, intelligent (Siri), versatile, richest in the world. The US military has already deployed hundreds of thousands of iOS devices carrying out successful missions everywhere protecting American interests. With Apple, Pentagon is going to deploy thousands of iOS apps performing highly complex and powerful missions with unbelievable capabilities and functionalities not possible with any other brands. Blackberrys are limited to email only.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 12:06 PM, MotleyDirtbags wrote:

    Official word from pentagon please.

  • Report this Comment On May 15, 2013, at 12:31 PM, TheLattice wrote:

    "Apple, Samsung Devices Seen Raising Pentagon's Cyber Risk" Bloomberg News Article by Chris Strohm and Kathleen Miller

    According to this article from yesterday Blackberry at this moment is the only smartphone authorized for use in higher security level applications, esp those in sensitive overseas locations where hackers might be more active and challenging. Says Apple and Samsung are being given opportunity to make hardware/software adjustments to meet necessary standards.

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