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U.S. Air Force May Buy 18,000 Apple IPad 2s for Flight Crews

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    http://www.businessweek.com/news/20...uy-18-000-apple-ipad-2s-for-flight-crews.html
     
  2. Don the Radio Guy

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    How long before a B-2 crashes because the pilot was playing Words With Friends?
     
  3. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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  5. Party Rooster

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    Fixed.

    Nice idea, but I can't see them totally replacing paper navigation aids. And they'd get more bang for their buck with an Android tablet, but they're probably not as secure.
     
  6. Josh_R

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    LOL, the iPad 3 is coming out next month...
     
  7. whiskeyguy

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    You think they'd narrow their RFP to a smaller window. The bid process itself is probably more expensive to the Air Force than just going out and buying 63 iPads.
     
  8. KRSOne

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    How great would it be to have a government credit card with a trillion+ limit that you could raise as soon as you hit the limit?
     
  9. Motor Head

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    Yes, and in a few months the Air Force will announce the older "outdated" iPad 2 needs to be upgraded to the newer iPad 3 to keeping the terrorist from killing our freedom. More corporate welfare.
     
  10. Voss's Tumor

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    I don't get why they're getting iPads if they just need something to hold tech manuals... Old Nooks or Kindles seem like the ideal choices.
     
  11. OccupyWackbag

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    This. And considering how many of these are going to get broken and lost it makes a lot more sense to buy $100 kindles instead of $600 iPads (i don't know what an iPad retails for so relax if I'm off). I doubt those tech manuals need fancy high res color screens. Its probably 90% text and the rest crude black and white illustrations in the actual books.
     
  12. whiskeyguy

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    Nooks/Kindles can't handle PDFs too well, which is probably what they will be using. But you're right, they don't need most of the capabilities an iPad has. I'm sure a company can make a basic touchscreen tablet for them that cost <$80, especially if they order 18,000 of them.
     
  13. OccupyWackbag

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    Or the kindle fire. I think its only $200 and its a stripped down iPad. Perfect for what they want to do.
     
  14. BIV

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    Lack of color is also an issue. You need color for charts/diagrams.
     
  15. Josh_R

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    The military already has shock-resistant, touch-screen, water-resistant laptops, but why not buy a bunch of $600 tablets that are made of glass and die if a fucking drop of water touches them. YAY for limitless budgets!

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    Kindle Fire. I don't care what US Airways is using, our gov't is in the red and should be as frugal as possible especially with a purchase as big as this.
     
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    If an Ipad 2 cost $600, I have to wonder what the Air Force is paying....twice that??
     
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    It should but that'll never happen.

    Our bloated POS govt will continue to waste cash at an astounding rate.
     
  19. Josh_R

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    Imagine some Airman showing up to the Genius Bar with 800 busted iPads to ask if it is covered under the warranty.
     
  20. Party Rooster

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    Nooks and Kindles only have 7 inch screens for one. Plus you'll get more detail using a better tablet for the maps it said it'll replace, plus the GPS benefits.

    If they're also replacing/augmenting other on-board computers, I don't see a problem really.
     
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    Or they can just continue to to carry the book like they have been for decades with no problems and worry about this shit when we are more financially sound. Just a thought.
     
  22. Jacuzzi Billy

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    I know an IT guy in North Carolina if needed.
     
  23. Hate & Discontent

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    It's for nav charts, not for tech manuals.

    because you can't use a nav chart on a fucking Kindle? As much as I hate Apple, the iPad is probably one of the best products out there for what the article is talking about using them for.

    Except those laptops are ass expensive, and often have to be mounted in special rigs inside the aircraft to keep them from bouncing around in turbulence. I'd rather get whacked in the face by an iPad than a Toughbook.
     
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  25. Hate & Discontent

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    Those books have to be updated near constantly - and books are not free. Hell, even updating something as simple as the GPS and ILS systems on an aircraft has to be done on a very regular basis, and the updates themselves cost money.
     

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