updated 05:10 pm EDT, Wed March 24, 2010
Military keen on simple designs
The US Army is consulting with Apple in hopes of attaining better technology for soldiers, an official press statement reveals. Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, commanding general of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, is said to have visited Apple's Cupertino headquarters on March 5th with a portion of his staff in tow. The group toured labs and other offices, also sharing examples of the battlefield use of Apple products.
Aside from testing modern iPods, iPhones, iMacs and MacBooks for military use, the Army is also said to be examining the potential of the iPad, which will only become publicly available on April 3rd. Justice's team is further said to have discussed the development of new technology, which could be based on Apple concepts. The company's utilitarian, "just works" ethos is a good match, the Army claims.
The US military already makes use of several Apple products in the field, including iPods for translating Arabic, and various combinations of gear for handling IT infrastructure and video surveillance. The Army's Communications-Electronics Research and Development Center is in fact said to be working on two iPhone apps. One is for gathering counter-insurgency info, while the other, MilSpace, combines planning and social networking.