Tim Cook

Update: In a conference call with reporters, Apple responded saying, Trump’s call for Apple boycott puts the company in standing with other good people he has criticized

Okay, this may be my favorite “via Twitter for iPhone” gaffe yet. It’s Friday afternoon so presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a boycott on all Apple products. His announcement follows this week’s FBI request that Apple help it unlock the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone, which Tim Cook says would set a dangerous precedent.

Here’s the kicker: As news broke that Trump was calling for a boycott on Apple until it cooperates with the FBI, Donald Trump (or whoever manages his Twitter account) was tweeting a series of unrelated messages … from Twitter for iPhone.

We’ll keep an eye on Apple’s stock and see how this boycott request goes. In the meantime, best comment goes to chrisl84 with “Make encryption average again”.

As for Mr. Trump, my understanding is that these tweets from iPhone were sent while the presidential candidate was on stage at an event. My guess is senior advisor Dan Scavino might have been behind them (Trump often tweets via iPhone and Android) and the message wasn’t coordinated in time.


Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is also competing for the GOP’s nomination, has similarly expressed siding with the FBI in this situation, although his allegiance to Apple products appears strong.

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Trump has since responded:

Since people started noticing Mr. Trump’s uncoordinated message, the presidential candidate has since moved over to Twitter for Android…


Don’t forget…

Maybe this explains why close Trump ally and infamous Apple investor Carl Icahn (who Trump wants as Treasury Secretary) recently dumped millions of Apple shares.

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Zac Hall

Zac covers Apple news, hosts the 9to5Mac Happy Hour podcast, and created SpaceExplored.com.