The US Department of Defense announced Friday that it has officially granted security clearance to Apple’s iOS devices on their government networks. Only iPhones and iPad running Apple’s latest operating system have been approved. That means iOs 6 or later. The approval is part of the military’s plan to go “platform agnostic” by allowing employees have greater flexibility in their work.
Last week, the Pentagon signaled that iPhone and iPad approval was imminent and would be happening this week. The authorization comes two weeks after the Samsung Galaxy and BlackBerry 10 were approved. Previously the Department of Defense was reliant on the BlackBerry alone with more than 600,000 of them running on the Pentagon networks.
Apple’s iPhone is in use in other government agencies and military positions, but the Pentagon requires specific and higher security clearance after a thorough review.