US Air Force Orders $9 Million-Worth of iPad 2s

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    Bloomberg reports today that the US Air Force has just placed an order for a rather large number of iPad 2s – up to 18,000, to be exact, costing $9.36 million in all. The contract was announced today by Air Mobility Command, according to military spokeswoman Captain Kathleen Ferrero, who was interviewed today by Bloomberg. Ferrero went on to explain that the Air Force intends to use the iPads in the same way in which commercial airlines do, as a replacement for the hefty bags of paper flight manuals and navigation charts. [/FONT]

    "Aircrews fly nonstop worldwide missions and require access to flight publications both on and off the aircraft, throughout all phases of flight,†Ferrero told Bloomberg, adding that the iPads would be costing $599 each, although the Air Force would be getting a discount, and therefore only paying around $520 per iPad, for the wireless 32GB version. I wonder if they are going to wait and change that order to 18, 000 iPad 3s though?!

    [FONT=&amp]Source: [/FONT]http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-02/air-force-grants-9-million-award-for-as-many-as-18-000-ipad2s.html
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    shoulda waited a few more days!
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    They probably got a HUGE discount.

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    No matter which model they buy, by the time it processes, it will be outdated.
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    Somehow, I don't think they care about that. ;)

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    By the time they are ready to ship the order, these will all be iPad 3s
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    I saw this on the fox news page. Turns out that shortly after they placed the order the canceled it.
    They may have placed the order once again, and but last heard the order for the IPad2 was dead in the water.

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    Just noticed that I can no longer edit my posts. What gives?
    I use to be able to edit them from my PC and or my tablet and now I can't from either.
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    Members can't edit their posts in the news section but you should still have the editing functionality in other forums here.

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    Maybe due to it being announced? I don't know about the US but here in the UK if the army announced spending 9m on iPads in the middle of massive cuts to all services, the public would go coocoo banana brains!!

    :) seikooc :(
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    Ok, do you know why we can edit in one place and not another?

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    Nope although I'm certain that there is a reason but I can't recall what it is.......but if you need a post editing let us know and we can take care of that for you.

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    one the biggest airliners is starting to use ipads to replace all the paper manuals in all airplanes...they claim the cost savings in fuel alone froorm all the added pounds(kiograms) not being on the planes any more makes very cost effective
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    Yes I did hear this also.

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    any idea on how many ipads in 9 milion dolars?
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    about as much ipads as woochuk could chuck if he wanted to chuck ipads
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    Man that is some expensive chucking.

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    Aprox 12850 give or take a few hundred depending on price breaks and volume purchasing.

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    IMO paperback ups should never be replaced by digital copies. Electronics break, people forget to charge things. When the crap hits the fan and suddenly your iPad doesnt work you will want those paper manuals, they never break or die.
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    Knowing the military and its penchant for multiple redundancies, it wouldn't surprise me to see they keep a paper copy handy somewhere in addition.

    Michael "Spam, spam, bacon, eggs and spam. Hold the bacon and eggs." Sent from my iPad 2 using iPF

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