President Obama can’t have an iPhone for security reasons
The president of the United States Barack Obama admitted that he is not allowed to have iPhone because of security fears. “I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,” he revealed today while promoting Obamacare in a speech to a youth audience at the White House.
The president explained why he is seen with a super secure Blackberry whose global smartphone market share has hit the very bottom. The president’s daughters Sasha and Maila spend quality time on their iPhones while Obama is restricted to having just a bulky BlackBerry device.
Even before Obama became president, he was addicted to his BlackBerry and won a battle with the U.S Secrete Service to hold on to his smartphone, irrespective of fears that it was vulnerable to being hacked, thus releasing sensitive information like the president’s whereabouts.
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Obama declared that the government would have to “pry it (BlackBerry) out my hands” before he was able to own a beefed-up security BlackBerry smartphone with its personal email address strictly limited to a small list of senior officials and personal friends. The White House says it won’t however detail the encryption devices that are used to secure Obama’s communications.
This isn’t the first time Obama has taked about the iPhone. In October of 2013, he asked Americans not to harshly judge Obamacare for some initial glitches, making a comparison of how Apple fixes bugs in iOS. “I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t [fix a glitch]. That’s not how we do things in America.”
The president was seen taking a look at a Blackberry during a basketball game at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center and has also been seen scrolling down his messages in his limousine as he travels around. [Reuters]