President Donald Trump feels some kind of way about Apple’s user interface design decisions, and for some inexplicable reason, he decided to let the tech giant’s CEO, Tim Cook, know about it in a tweet early Friday evening.
“To Tim: The Button on the iPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!” he wrote, thus officially wading into a debate that’s already been raging for a couple of years.
To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2019
What’s not clear is what prompted this tweet. Did the president just receive a new (and faster) iPhone — one that lacks the age-old home button? Or is it rather that the president is just now noticing this feature? There’s no way to confirm either way.
What’s known is that Apple began discontinuing the use of the home button with the release of the iPhone X in 2017. This feature has, it would appear, become permanent since, with the newly released iPhone 11 also reportedly lacking it:
— Deer (@TheDeerTV) October 18, 2019
What’s also known is that the president switched over from an Android to the iPhone the same year that Apple began tinkering with the home button. And he did so because of pressure from congressional Democrats (who else?) over his phone’s alleged security flaws. The pressure came in the form of them demanding an investigation.
“The device President Donald Trump insists on using … has particularly well-documented vulnerabilities,” the Democrats, led by Rep. Ted Lieu, wrote in February 2017 in a letter to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“The use of an unsecured phone risks the President of the United States being monitored by foreign or domestic adversaries, many of whom would be happy to hijack the President’s prized Twitter account causing disastrous consequences for global stability.”
One month after Democrats sent the letter, Trump suddenly made the switch:
— Dan Scavino (@DanScavino) March 29, 2017
Granted, the president’s complaints about the Apple iPhone began long before he formally switched to an iPhone in 2017, which raises the question of whether he’d ever owned an iPhone sometime in the past but then subsequently ditched it over his complaints.
In three tweets — two posted in 2013, and one posted in 2014 — the then-businessman raged over the iPhone’s small screen:
I cannot believe that Apple didn’t come out with a larger screen IPhone. Samsung is stealing their business. STEVE JOBS IS SPINNING IN GRAVE
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2013
@iPhoneTeam Better get a large screen iPhone, and fast, or risk losing even more business. Samsung cannot believe you have not acted! DUMB!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2013
I wonder if Apple is upset with me for hounding them to produce a large screen iPhone. I hear they will be doing it soon—long overdue.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2014
Dovetailing back to the present, the president’s complaints about the iPhone’s discontinue home button triggered the usual reactions.
Namely, an untold number of Trump Derangement Syndrome-afflicted users rushed forth from their mothers’ basements to whine about completely unrelated matters:
— Carl Alban (@CarlRAlban) October 25, 2019
— Billy D Resist 45* Never Again is Right Now (@EugJHawk) October 25, 2019
— Eloise ?⚓?⚓?⚓?⚓? (@ElNoPower) October 25, 2019
— MOTR Politics (@MOTRPolitics1) October 25, 2019
— Ollie barks@corruption (@PT_OT_Subjectiv) October 26, 2019
As for those Twitter users who stuck to the topic at hand, they responded by:
Suggesting Apple develop a new iPhone PE (President’s Edition):
iPhone PE (President Edition) confirmed https://t.co/QFUrpvllkU
— Joanna Stern (@JoannaStern) October 25, 2019
Expressing agreement with his complaint:
I agree! I still have an iPhone with a home button. https://t.co/QiCq3cfDhF
— Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) October 25, 2019
Make iPhones Great Again https://t.co/h53Ky8UFWR
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) October 25, 2019
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) October 25, 2019
— I AM… (@P0A_Triot23) October 25, 2019
Agree with you ?!! That’s why I don’t change my iPhone 8+ !
— Rusty MU (@mu_rusty) October 26, 2019
this we can agree on. iphone 6s till i die
— señor roboto (@I_O_l_O_I) October 26, 2019
— Leon (@hileon) October 26, 2019
And suggesting that perhaps he should return to using an Android:
Dumped Apple 2 years ago; never looked back!!!
Droids are 10xs better!!!
Don’t @ me…used Apple products for 10 years: iMac iPhones, Apple TV.
Couldn’t deal w glitches in updates.
2 yrs later, not ONE problem w updating a droid? https://t.co/tprX4EcA5h
— ?JUSTICESEEKER? (@brainburp13) October 25, 2019
Trump’s complaint about the lack of a home button was posted the same evening that a report broke involving both his attorney Rudy Giuliani and his attorney’s butt.
“President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani reportedly made multiple ‘butt-dial’ phone calls to an NBC News reporter and left messages trashing the Bidens and how he ‘needs some money,'” Fox News reported.
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