Trump using new iPhone to tweet despite prior calls for Apple boycott

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in General Discussion edited March 2017
President Donald Trump is the proud owner of a new iPhone. America's commander-in-chief is now confirmed to be tweeting from a device he called on supporters to boycott during last year's campaign, citing the tech giant's refusal to cooperate with authorities investigating the San Bernardino shootings.




White House director of social media, and senior advisor to Trump, Dan Scavino Jr. took to Twitter Tuesday night to reveal the president's smartphone buy.

"[Trump] has been using his new iPhone [smartphone emoji] for the past couple of weeks here on Twitter. Yes, it is #POTUS45 reading & tweeting!" he writes.

Trump's use of Apple products, namely iPhone, is well documented. While seeking a GOP nomination last year, he would regularly switch off between an iPhone and an Android smartphone for tweet posting duties. That ended -- for a couple weeks -- when Trump addressed the then recent San Bernardino terror attack.

"First of all Apple should give the security for that phone, okay?" Trump said at the time. "What I think you oughta do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number. How do you like...I just thought of that."

Trump later admitted to using both Apple and Samsung products in a tweet from Twitter's web client, but said he would stick to Samsung until Apple complied with FBI demands.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the San Bernardino shootings, FBI agents recovered an iPhone 5c used by suspect Syed Rizwan Farook. A federal judge later ordered Apple to assist in bypassing the phone's passcode lock, but the company refused, saying that doing so would weaken its security protocols.

The Department of Justice purchased a working bypass from a third-party and withdrew its case against Apple shortly before the two parties were slated to meet in a series of court hearings. Speculation at the time suggested the legal battle's outcome would have had implications on the public's right to digital privacy.

As for Trump's new iPhone, it is unclear whether the device is a modified model with enhanced security safeguards or a consumer version. It is also unknown if the president is dedicated to a single device.

In either case, the new hardware is a welcome upgrade over Trump's old device, which was thought to be a Samsung Galaxy S3. First released in 2012, the aging smartphone is no longer capable of running Google's latest Android software, meaning it poses a security threat to end users.

Concerns regarding Trump's smartphone predilections reached Congress in February when two Democratic senators on the Homeland Security Committee asked Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis whether the president was using a potentially unsecured device. Today that question was answered -- fittingly -- in a tweet.
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  • Reply 1 of 74
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,366member
    Actual words are meaningless to Trump.  Nothing he says is actually an indication of a position, mindset, plan, etc.  
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  • Reply 2 of 74
    irelandireland Posts: 17,779member
    Who.
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  • Reply 3 of 74
    Because that’s the only phone the government allows.
    Do your research Mikey!
    techprod1gybadmonkspacekid
  • Reply 4 of 74
    President Donald Trump is the proud owner of a new iPhone. America's commander-in-chief is now confirmed to be tweeting from a device he called on supporters to boycott during last year's campaign, citing the tech giant's refusal to cooperate with authorities investigating the San Bernardino shootings.

    ..."[Trump] has been using his new iPhone [smartphone emoji] for the past couple of weeks here on Twitter. Yes, it is #POTUS45 reading & tweeting!" he writes...

    Trump's use of Apple products, namely iPhone, is well documented.... ...That ended ...when Trump addressed...the San Bernardino terror attack.

    "First of all Apple should give the security for that phone, okay?" Trump said... "...boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number.... ..I just thought of that."

    ...FBI agents recovered an iPhone 5c used by suspect Syed Rizwan Farook. A federal judge later ordered Apple to assist in bypassing the phone's passcode lock..."

    The Department of Justice purchased a working bypass from a third-party and withdrew its case against Apple... ...the legal battle's outcome would have had implications on the public's right to digital privacy....

    ...the new hardware [Apple iPhone] is a welcome upgrade over Trump's old device, which was thought to be a Samsung Galaxy S3 [2012], the aging smartphone is no longer capable of running Google's latest Android software, meaning it poses a security threat to end users.

    Concerns regarding Trump's smartphone predilections reached Congress in February when two Democratic senators on the Homeland Security Committee asked Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis whether the president was using a potentially unsecured device. Today that question was answered...
    I think this is simply a case of Trump acclimating to a group of so-called-experts [FBI, NSA, CIA, Homeland] that needed to respond and make it known what was the most secure, what preserved Americans rights under the Constitution/B of R, etc... As with the FBI they did not have anyone that was comfortable to make such a decision so they hired and/or bought a set of unsupported tools to hack the iPhone. I would think that Samsundg have the damn things spontaneously errupting in to a VERY hot ball of fire was good enough to toss the Samsung, but was the FBI even concerned -- NOT!

    Trump has a lot more resources to point him in the right direction, and has taken advantage of it on occasion.
    badmonkwatto_cobraspacekid
  • Reply 5 of 74
    brakkenbrakken Posts: 687member
    I really can't help thinking rhat continuing to give that fellow air time and web space is highly counter productive. 
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  • Reply 6 of 74
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 11,421member
    How embarrassing... 
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  • Reply 7 of 74
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,471member
    Counting down to thread being closed ....
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  • Reply 8 of 74
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,696member
    Instead of criticizing Mr. Trump, say Hala Lu Ya!! At-last president got to senses that iPhone is way more secured. Because Bad old habits using android don't die fast, he might use android phone here and there to tweet.But, for nation's important communication, he is good on using iPhone.
    edited March 2017 maciekskontaktjbdragonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 74
    irelandireland Posts: 17,779member
    wood1208 said:
    Instead of criticizing Mr. Trump...
    Agreed. Let's stop making posts about him.
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  • Reply 10 of 74
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,849member
    In before lock....as they used to say.  



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  • Reply 11 of 74
    dewmedewme Posts: 4,182member
    If anyone (AI included) went to the trouble of publishing an article for every time The Donald contradicted himself, misremembered, encoded phrases into quotes for deniability, spread falsehoods, initiated fake news, flat out lied, repeated misguided claims from other idiots, self-inflated his ego, or many of the other forms of tweeted insanity that spews forth from his tiny little brain you'd need a dedicated web site with continuous live updates and subscription feeds. Or you could simply browse over to CNN, NYT, Huffington Post, Fox news, or the many many other news sites that are dedicated to covering such things. 

    AI is an Apple focused tech and business oriented forum for those of us who want to escape the steaming pile of politics that we have to navigate through everywhere else in our daily lives since the last election cycle. It would be refreshing for AI to not even include politically slanted articles - AT ALL, especially those that dump on us and then disallow all commentary. These are insidious because they are clearly incendiary but preemptively throw up a "no mas" defense to prevent further damage. But the damage is already done. 
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  • Reply 12 of 74
    Quelle surprise. 
  • Reply 13 of 74
    Tiring this is, your incessant desire to politicize this website.  You will lose us if you keep this up.  If we want politics and fake news and such, we can watch CNN or Fox or whatever.  Please, make this a pleasant site for dedicated Apple users.  Thank you for your hard work in the past, and, I hope for the future.
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  • Reply 14 of 74
    eriamjh said:
    Actual words are meaningless to Trump.  Nothing he says is actually an indication of a position, mindset, plan, etc.  
    Do you understand the words that you type? I'd say your game is BS and you have no clue.Try to make them into some logic, but first try to understand situation before criticizing.
    edited March 2017 patchythepiratespacekid
  • Reply 15 of 74
    aknabiaknabi Posts: 211member
    eriamjh said:
    Actual words are meaningless to Trump.  Nothing he says is actually an indication of a position, mindset, plan, etc.  
    Actually I follow his tweets... I'd suggest people do... you'll realize the guy is both stupid and off his rocker... then you remember he's actually the POTUS with ~40% support... then you realize the danger isn't global warning or the need for war on terror... it's the rise of global stupidity and the need for a war on idiots.
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  • Reply 16 of 74
    brakkenbrakken Posts: 687member
    eriamjh said:
    Actual words are meaningless to Trump.  Nothing he says is actually an indication of a position, mindset, plan, etc.  
    He is the red herring ensuring his employers do what they wish.
  • Reply 17 of 74
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,262member
    Could AI have found a more insulting picture for this article? 
    patchythepirate
  • Reply 18 of 74
    ireland said:
    wood1208 said:
    Instead of criticizing Mr. Trump...
    Agreed. Let's stop making posts about him.
    Many of us wish we no longer had to read the excrement that spews from your keyboard, but you can't always get what you want 
  • Reply 19 of 74
    brakkenbrakken Posts: 687member
    Completely agree.
    If there were something in it for us, then I'd be happy, but having tech-irrelevant content on one of the very, very few non-hate Apple sites pander to the red herring is just as stupid as the tweets.
    randominternetperson
  • Reply 20 of 74
    ireland said:
    Who.
    Cares.
    spacekid
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