In what could be the largest purchase order of computer tablets by the government ever, the Air Mobility Command has announced they are proposing to buy over 18,000 Apple iPads for pilots and flight crews of the U.S. Air Force, according to Bloomberg. Unlike private airlines, who by now are all switching to tablets, Air Force crews are still lugging around 40 pounds of manuals and navigation charts. Although the government tends to drag its feet when it comes to adapting to new technologies, the US Government has had little hesitation in adopting Apple's products and services, according to the Government Contracting Tips blog. In fact, over $25 million in contracts were awarded for Apple products throughout 2011.
During the last fiscal year, USASpending has recorded over $1.1 million in contracts awarded to Apple Inc. by various Federal Government agencies. During September alone, over 25 federal government contracts were signed with various government agencies for everything ranging from IPads to Macbooks to OSX Maintenance. Even a purchase for iTunes cards was made by the Small Business Administration during September. (more...)