Apple nearing deal with L.A.P.D, grapevine says!
Over the last few days, no small number of sources have tapped into the grape vine to report their findings, and these may be BIG!. With saddening news today that Apple chief Steve Jobs was forced to undergo surgery for a pancreatic cancerous tumor, Tim Cook, Apple's VP of Operations, has been passed the pickle!
According to one of Rumors most reliable and old time roommate, now nestled deep, deep in the grapevine, beyond some of the grape vines senior accomplishment status, we've, in no small way been told that Apple will soon land a package deal with the Los Angeles Police Department that would be the equivalent of over 500,000 Apple CPU Sales. According to the source, who is now communicating with MacOSRumors in real-time over EEE (see this mornings report to learn about EEE).
The details are by no means plentiful, but are actually very, very limited. What we do know is that the deal includes over 500,000 (250,000 laptops for patrol units and labs, 175,000 Power Mac G5s, 100,000+ eMacs and 77,000 iMac G5s, 2000 iPods (Gifts for Police Events)) over 18 months, completing an overhaul of the LAPD system to the Mac side at an estimated revenue to Apple of 3/4 of 1 Billion dollars.
The sale will most likely close this week (69+% reliability). After the sale, shipments and revenue shares will be in effect starting Q1, where the first fiscal half of Apple's 2005 will see 500,000 dollars revenue from the deal and the fiscal Q3 about 1/4 of a billion.
Secret sources, will keep you up to date on this breaking story! Rumor has it that Steve Jobs will do a live video feed from his hospital bed to announce the deal with the head of the L.A.P.D, Mike S.
All in all, this is going to be a long night. :::Pops on the cofee::::