“The U.S. Defense Department expects to clear Apple Inc. mobile devices for use on its networks early next week, a Pentagon spokeswoman,” Nick Taborek and Chris Strohm report for Bloomberg News.

“The move would give Cupertino, California-based Apple the chance to eventually compete for military market share with BlackBerry, the Pentagon’s dominant smartphone supplier, and Samsung Electronics Co., which gained the department’s certification earlier this month,” Taborek and Strohm report. “An approval next week would allow government-issued devices running Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 6, to access military networks, said Alana Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon’s Defense Information Systems Agency.”

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