Federal agency to switch to iPhone, drop BlackBerry

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timacheson wrote:

“analyzed Apple’s iOS-based devices and Google’s Android operating system and concluded that for the near term Apple’s iPhone services offer the best technology for the agency because of Apple’s tight controls of the hardware platform and operating system”

I am profoundly skeptical about this decision, which will result in a substantial expenditure of public money. The public deserves a detailed comparison of iPhone vs Android alternatives to justify this.

Oct 22, 2012 12:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

“Manageable platform?” That describes RIM’s stuff pretty well but has no resemblance to what Apple sells. They don’t even HAVE administrative tools for iOS, at least none that I’ve heard about. I suppose if you’re using Exchange an iPhone could be almost as secure as a Blackberry. However, I suspect this change has more to do with agents who want remote surveillance apps (and Angry Birds) than it does with RIM’s shortcomings – and there are *definite* shortcomings with BB, but security and manageability aren’t among them. RIM’s biggest mistake has been virtually ignoring its existing devices. The most recent ones (Bold 9000, etc) have pretty capable hardware, but the OS is so antiquated, inflexible and buggy that it cripples them.

Oct 22, 2012 12:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sleeplessinva wrote:

Sure, the “apps” market is far more dominant in the iOS market, but it is ironic to think that when an application gets deployed on a government platform, piles of paperwork must be pushed through, numerous amounts of security testing and validation work must be documented and vetted. Yet, with the ease of “application” deployment on the iOS platform, and the closed environment that is iOS (any serious Apple user/hacker knows that unless you jail break it, iOS configuration management is a nightmare, if not, impossible because Apple will not let you downgrade the device even if you have all the software and hardware).

Let us not forget that the IPhone does not have a tactile keyboard. With this decision, I would not be surprised if all the malware writers now will got after iOS in an attempt to write some nifty “app” just so they can piggy back their way into the phone.

Also, just because you put a pin lock on the phone it does not mean you need to re-enter the pin lock when someone takes the phone and physically connect it to a Mac/PC.

Unfortunately, RIM hasn’t done themselves any favors in trying to “keeping up with the Jones” and in effect lost their identity the past few years. Then again, my old 8830 world edition is still working after nearly 5 years of usage and the only thing I’ve had to replace are batteries and the trackball.

Oct 22, 2012 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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