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Later this evening 1 very happy Taliban child had found a very simple manual on flying a USAF F18. The terrorist leader also stated that he gave the child lots of gold...candy. The manual as experts explain is a very slim military device valued at over 3,000 United States Dollars. It also contains launch codes to secret bomb locations. More from Fox News @ 9.
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Strange, because the iPads seem to be awful flimsy compared to other military field hardware. I would understand maybe a rugged Lenovo tablet or something, but not the iPad...

I would hardly call in the cockpit of a plane the field....
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In before broken screens on take off.
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That's a huge investment in the long term and short term. I wouldn't initially think of it as being a smart move...honestly don't know why they'd think they'd need them.
    
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Cool. If I had the choice of what device I would have chosen the ipad or a similarly priced android tablet I would go android just because of flash.
Nothing makes me wish I had an android tablet more than the ability to run flash.
However that's not to say I dislike my ipad; its Very useful, and the screens just right for web browsing and watching videos when I'm not around my PC. Or just simply when I don't feel like sitting at my PC. And reading on it makes you regret ever trying to read a physical book Ever.
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1. Flimsy or delicate
2. Much more cost effective digital options available
3. Not EMP hardened
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That source is incomplete. No need to get in a fuss about deals that haven't even fully materialized yet.
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The deal to buy Apple tablets was first reported by NextGov, which noticed a memo on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site saying the AMC wants to purchase "a minimum of 63 and a maximum of 18,000, iPad 2, Brand Name or Equal devices." AMC's public affairs director, Lt. Col. Glen Roberts, clarified the report, stating the commend "is looking for a tablet device, not necessarily an iPad."
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Military officials like Birchenough hope to get Apple technology into the hands of their crew members soon, but Apple's iOS operating system has not yet received security certification from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. Experts estimate that it would take anywhere from nine months to a year before it was certified. They believe iOS will be approved as early as August.

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In any case, it is highly unlikely that the Air Force would spend millions on a foreign tablet(whatever that actually means in today's outsourced world). Take a look around an Air Force installation some time. What computers do you see? Pretty much HPs and Dells as far as the eye can see. So likely the choice is between the iPad and the Xoom. And as much as I love my Xoom, I have to admit it has had serious problems with input lag(mostly alleviated by the ICS update). As for those advocating an e-ink reader, well I can only imagine that manuals and charts are merely a first step. Once the technology is there, it makes sense to begin writing military specific applications for it, especially on a cargo plane. A tablet would be nice for calculating weight and balance.
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Strange, because the iPads seem to be awful flimsy compared to other military field hardware. I would understand maybe a rugged Lenovo tablet or something, but not the iPad...

Even funnier, most naval aircraft have done away with paperwork in lieu of mission documentation being stored on aircraft computers, so you don't have to worry about dropping your BLEEPING IPAD and it breaking, the stuff is on a touchscreen BUILT INTO THE PLANE. (novel concept, eh?)
    
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My flight publications bag is almost 10lbs. I wish the Army and the rest of the branches would move forward with this and not just the Air Force.

Oh and for those that aren't pilots, you can't load everything in the aircraft. You need the mobiity of the tablet to plan flights while not in the cockpit. Not to mention there is a lot less overhead on updating Ipads versus aircraft loads.
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Well I I may be being a little extreme, but come on Ipads? The only reason they are considering an Ipad is because it's "hip". Developing their software for android would be far easier IMO. But then again Apple is a US based company. I actually think the whole idea is ridiculous, Ipads have no place in wartime scenarios. Yes updates to manuals would be easier, information could be fluid, but again electronics tend to fail. Books can be dropped, run over, get wet, ect ect. I wouldn't want to rely on my important information being stored in an Ipad during a time of war.

Your definition of hipster is incredibly flawed. If you search it up, a hipster is someone who attempts to differ from the norm, the status quo. Having said that, the Ipad currently has a 90% market share in the tablet industry. So according to these irrefutable facts, that would make people that use and support android tablets the biggest hipsters (meaning people like you). Nice.
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