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The U.S. Air Force plans to buy 18K iPad 2s in what could be an important milestone for Apple's...

The U.S. Air Force plans to buy 18K iPad 2s in what could be an important milestone for Apple's (AAPL +0.1%) foray into becoming a supplier to the federal government. The goal of the USAF's tech buy is to replace the bag of manuals and navigation charts carried by pilots and navigators that can weigh as much as 40 pounds.
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  • Stephen J Melnykevich
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    Absolutely genius. Good for the U.S. Air Force and good for Apple.
    10 Feb 2012, 02:24 PM Reply Like
  • gigabob635
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    Just like a Fed agency to buy 18K older units a few weeks before replacements are released. iPAD3 due in March has higher resolution display and quad core CPU. Must be for the generals....
    10 Feb 2012, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen J Melnykevich
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    Let's also hope they remember to put it on Airplane mode !
    10 Feb 2012, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • todd.kaime
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    It'll be military spec and cost $25000 each!
    11 Feb 2012, 09:56 AM Reply Like
  • Robert_A
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    They still have to obtain/install the content. Since the flight crew probably already has laptops, they could have installed the content (as pdfs) at any time. They could have also purchased kindles or other e-readers to perform this function. I think the AF just wants iPads 'cause currently they're hot, I mean cool as in hot. The weight savings may be a red herring. On a spacecraft 40 lbs is really significant, on an aircraft less so (about 6 gallons of fuel).
    12 Feb 2012, 10:37 AM Reply Like
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