Apple refuses to provide support to next month's GOP convention thanks to Donald Trump?

Apple refuses to provide support to next month's GOP convention thanks to Donald Trump?
Don't expect to see any Apple products being used by the staff during the Republican National Convention being held in Cleveland next month. Normally, Apple might donate some technology or cash for the event, but the tech titan is said to be unhappy with some of the comments made by Donald Trump. The billionaire real estate developer is the party's presumptive nominee, and he has made some controversial comments about immigrants, minorities and women. As a result, multiple sources have told Politico that Apple will not provide any support for the convention, which will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21, 2016

Trump and Apple didn't quite see eye to eye earlier this year when Apple ignored a court order to unlock the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. During a town hall-type meeting in February, Trump even called for his followers to boycott Apple until the company unlocked Farook's phone. One month before his call for a boycott, Trump picked on Apple promising that as president, he would force the company "to build their damn computers in this country instead of other countries."

While Apple will reportedly refuse to supply the GOP with these "damn computers," iPhones, iPads and other gadgets, other tech companies will apparently take up some of the slack. Google will live stream the event, Facebook will offer a lounge, and Microsoft will offer tablets and cloud storage. 

In 2008, Apple gave both parties $140,000 in MacBooks and other devices for their conventions. In 2012, Apple again provided devices to both parties. While Apple isn't supporting the Republican National Convention this year, it isn't known whether Apple intends to donate devices to the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia during August.

source: Politico via CNET

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66 Comments

1. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

when tech is used to push a political agenda then yea the world is messed up, I mean I understand why they are doing it but it's annoying to see tech companies involved in politics

8. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Maybe it should start with policies not asking tech companies for donations..

9. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

Ment to say "politicians"

68. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Legalise corruption which give too much control over to business cooperations.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Footing the bill would also be politics.

39. tuminatr

Posts: 1122; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I agree, However both google and Apple are heavily invested in politics

47. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Trump supporters are smiling now after seeing Mexico getting shredded by Chile...but they'll stop smiling when Messi shreds their nation apart in pieces

70. engineer-1701d unregistered

thatys because trump called apple out for the fbi phone part in the terrorist attack, and he wants to higher taxes on companies like apple that make phones outside the us then charge crazy ass prices for basic model and hide income in off shore banks not paying the taxes while the rest of us here have to pay higher taxes and cant hide money outside of the system like they do and many others, its time for all to pay taxes correctly

80. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Spot on. But I doubt Trump or Hillary would do anything about it except maybe further lower their own taxes and make things worse for the middle income group. The person that would do the right thing would not be elected. Only sell out get elected in a corrupt political system. This election also mak me become aware that American are a rather polarize groups.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

The surface line is the gadgets to look out for!!!

3. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Windows will make America great again!

34. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Fool, it would kill us all with its blue screen of death!

71. engineer-1701d unregistered

blue screen of death has not been around for ages since vista and there is always a way back i do it all the time at work

81. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, it was a joke.

85. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Now its a teal sad face emoji of death on windows 10.

4. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Trump want people to boycott Apple people can should buy Korean Samsung or LG or Chinese Huawei or ZTE.

72. engineer-1701d unregistered

there all made in china so makes no difference

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

In 2012, Apple did not supply the Democratic National Convention. The DNC refused corporate sponsorship that year.

6. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

If i lived in the united states.. i would vote only for either Trump or Sanders.. So i guess i would be voting for trump, haha but seriously Apple sometimes seems like its too full of itself.

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Are you against women? Trump and Sanders aren't really alike.

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

facepalm...against women?

14. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Well if u support crooked hillary than u r most definately against women and lgbt!!

22. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That doesn't even make any kind of sense. I don't support Hillary, but I'd vote for her to be permanent president before I'd give Trump the keys for one day.

74. engineer-1701d unregistered

do you have any idea what hillary has done any at allat least trump sees it from a non politicians way

55. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Against women? She's the status quo.. and the status quo doesn't work. You need change.. and only two candidates offering real change is... Trump and Sanders, and yes they offer different kind of change, but both are seeking dramatic change to the current status quo.

58. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The status quo actually works quite well.The best times this country has are when the White House and Congress are controlled by different parties, and nothing gets done. It's when any one party gets control of both branches that things go to hell in a handbasket. Regardless, we don't need the "change" Trump represents. He's the worst candidate in my lifetime, and would be a disaster. He's a moronic reality TV show circus freak, with zero experience and no real ideas. He offers no specifics on how he will do the things he promises, and has the temperament of a spoiled child. If you need to repeatedly tell people that you're a really smart guy, thats a sure sign you're not.

73. engineer-1701d unregistered

what the f are you talking about, you have no grasp on any persons thoughts stop spreading lies

84. IronTech

Posts: 153; Member since: May 27, 2016

Trump or Hillary, it's just 4 years.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I wouldn't vote for Trump if he was the only candidate. Normally, I'd vote for Johnson, as I'm a libertarian, but this election I'll have to hold my nose and vote for Clinton. I can't be part of the reason that Trump was allowed to destroy America.

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3134; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Wow, we actually see eye to eye on something. As a former Republican, father, husband and Latino, Trump disgusts me in ways I can't describe here without getting banned.

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