President Obama says that he can't own an Apple iPhone "for security reasons"

President Obama says that he can't own an Apple iPhone "for security reasons"
When President Barack Obama first became President of the U.S., he was always seen with a BlackBerry in his hand. And even though he lobbied for a cooler phone in the Oval Office, the President received a BlackBerry 8830 World Edition with a special app installed called SecureVoice. Ironically, the app gave the Commander-in-Chief access to top secret info from the NSA. The president did say that his daughters are both iPhone users.

On Wednesday, the president was talking with youngsters at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act. During his talk, the president noted that he is not allowed to own an Apple iPhone "for security reasons". The president does have an Apple iPad 2 which was given to him by none other than the late Steve Jobs during a Silicon Valley dinner back in 2011. Obama says that only 10 people have his personal email address. The two presidents prior to Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton, did not use personal email.

While the iPhone does have clearance for Department of Defense employees and some government agencies, this clearance is well below what a presidential phone needs. A BlackBerry model from 2007 is the only handset owned by the president that has been certified to be used by him.

source: Reuters

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67 Comments

48. indiandragon

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

Nokia 1100, come on NSA bring it on .

47. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

only a handful read the article. or the majority of you are haters. or maybe its just a lot of kids in here. lol and the guy earlier talking about his job shelving iphones for note 3's is ridiculous.

38. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

World's most powerful man,can't get the iPhone....

39. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

He can get it, just not use it ;)

31. CradleVindicated

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Obama is a Good President. he needs to use Nokia 3310.

36. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

for what??to knock out his advisors?

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

President Obama should upgrade to the BlackBerry Z30, it's an awesome phone for him.

19. juliaann

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

informative article, thanks

10. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

It makes a perfect sense.. it's not a business phone at all.

12. Tech_Junkie1996

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

You're the only person to make a non-opinionated comment so far. I commend you for being objective.

27. realtrevor

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Yes an iPhone is not a business phone but a personal toy.

9. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

everybody know apple is not secure, he is only toys :lol:

15. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

Nothing is secure enough for the President. Didn't you read that he is using a Blackberry from 2007?

18. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

They should follow China then and develop a unique version of Linux then.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Ironic he won't use a phone he saved with a veto.

17. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

No its not at all ironic. Its not for personal use. Androids, Windows Phones, or anything other than a Blackberry from 2007 can be used. Where is the irony?

3. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Our company is actually removing iPhones for the Note 3 with KNOX. Our CEO had an iphone and it was hacked, she had employees socials and other personal info. President Obama helped Apple for being an american company. Thats my opinion.

6. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

And its hardly even a american company at that.

16. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Motorola is pretty American.

13. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

You must work for a start up. Not trolling you, but just saying - the political hurdles corporations have to go through for devices is insane. It can't be as simple as preference.

45. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Not every company has the same security levels. It doesn't have to be a start up to be able to be hacked.

66. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

We have great security. The fact that her phone was hacked was just 25% percent of the reason we are moving to other phones. We have had the iphone 4 for the past 2 years. Its time to upgrade our management lines. I beleive it was money, the biggest reason why this is all happening. Dont get me wrong we still have the iphone as a choice for an upgrade but were being directed to Samsung phones. I sold my iphone 5 and bought a LG g2 and i did an early upgrade to the HTC one for my work line. I love my phones. I honestly did not think I could live with out my iphone. Now i dont think i would ever go back. I do think about leaving one of my androids for the new Lumia 929.

64. Derekjeter

Posts: 1581; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

We are definitely not a start up. We are the 2nd largest 3PL company in the world. We are the number 1 targeted company by the Union. Thats why i had the comment above. UNION promotes laziness. Just look at UPS.

53. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Your boss should really check out the WSJ (or BGR) article. Samsung is really having a hard time maturing their KNOX MDM and security. Your boss is brave for riding it through with them.

56. tedkord

Posts: 17532; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Didn't the article state that they were just not swaying many companies to KNOX, not that it wasn't an effective measure? I could be wrong, I just skimmed it.

1. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Obama with no iPhone? Apple just became uncool.

2. Sauce unregistered

Why did you change your original comment lol?

5. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Didn't feel like causing a fight with anyone.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

The only logical choice is a Lumia.

23. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yes, NSA built in.

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