A substantial number of iPads have been “neutered” by a contractor for use in U.S. government agencies, according to a report by Bloomberg.
CACI International Inc., an IT solutions company, has secured numerous units of Apple’s popular tablet so that they may be used by the federal government.
“It’s a neutered iPad,” said Dan Allen, CEO of the Arlington, Virginia-based company. “We’re working on how do we effectively brand it.”
He also said that “thousands” of iPads have been neutered.
According to Allen, neutering iPads for the government involves hardware alteration rather than software modification. Although he declined to elaborate on the process, he noted that iPad’s wireless connectivity and camera are among the features affected by the neutering.
Of course, this operation augurs well for Apple as it continuously expands its technology’s presence within the government.
A report from as far back as a couple of years ago noted the government’s move to discard its BlackBerrys in favor of iPhones and replace its laptops with iPads.
More recently, in October last year, the Department of Defense said it plans to officially use iOS devices for the first time.
And then there’s President Barack Obama himself, who has been known to own at least an iPod and an iPad.