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Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Trump (left) on April 25, 2018.

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) was the 45th president of the United States from January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2021.

History with Apple[]

As a presidential candidate in 2016, Trump had called for a boycott of Apple products due to the company's refusal to co-operate with the FBI to unlock the iPhone of the shooter involved in the 2015 San Bernardino attack.[1]

Trump was president during Tim Cook's tenure as the CEO of Apple Inc. Trump claimed that he received the first Mac Pro made by Apple in Texas. Though the 2nd generation Mac Pro had been assembled in Austin since 2013, the aforementioned unit was the first 3rd generation model to come off the assembly line there in 2019.[2] According to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Cook had also sent an iPhone X to Trump in 2017.[3]. However in 2019, Trump tweeted to Cook that he preferred the home button to the swipe gestures of more recent iPhone models.[4] He also addressed Cook as "Tim Apple". Cook responded by changing his Twitter account name to "Tim ".[5]

In 2017 and 2018, Trump administration officials subpoenaed Apple to seize data from Democratic members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, their family members, aides, and journalists in search of leaks about contact between Trump associates and Russia. Apple was not notified who the subpoena was targeting and limited information to metadata and did not provide any emails or images. Apple was then placed under a gag order not to disclose the subpoena until it expired after Trump left office in 2021. Microsoft also received a similar subpoena and none of the data provided was able to tie anyone to the leaks.[6][7][8]

Truth Social[]

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Trump was banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in January 2021 after the U.S. Capitol attack. Former president Trump responded by announcing in October 2021 that he would launch his own social media platform.[9][10] In February 2022, Truth Social debuted on iOS through Apple's App Store. The platform advertised itself as a "Big Tent" for open and free conversation, briefly reaching the top of Apple's most downloaded apps. However, it was beset by technical problems and accusations of censorship, leading to a loss of interest and criticism that it was not yet available on other platforms besides iOS.[11][12][13] However, an Android version was launched in the Google Play Store on October 13, 2022.[14] When Twitter, under new ownership by Elon Musk, reinstated Trump's account and invited him to return. Though praising Musk's acquisition of Twitter, Trump responded by stating that he had no interest in returning to Twitter and would stay at Truth Social.[15]

Trivia[]

  • In December 2017, when Steve Wozniak was asked about comparisons between Steve Jobs and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, he replied: "Having been close to Steve Jobs, and not that close to Elon Musk, I'd say Steve Jobs is more like [President] Trump. … A lot of shocking things you would never hear about, but you would never want your own child to be that way. You'd just be shocked that a human being would do those things."[3]
  • Trump is known to have disparaged Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, because of her majority stake in The Atlantic, a magazine that had printed critical news coverage of the Trump administration.[16]

References[]

  1. Donald Trump calls for Apple boycott over San Bernardino iPhone feud with the Justice Dept. , by Jose A. DelReal, The Washington Post, 2016-02-19
  2. Trump claims to have received a pioneering Apple product as he leaves office – the truth is more complicated than that by Adam Smith, The Independent. 2021-01-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Woz says Steve Jobs was like Donald Trump by Chris Matyszczyk, CNET. 2017-12-07.
  4. Trump Wishes The iPhone Kept Its Home Button by Justin Herrick, PC Magazine, 2019-10-26.
  5. Trump says he called Apple’s CEO ‘Tim Apple’ to save time after reportedly telling donors he never said it by Lauren Feiner, CNBC. 2019-03-11.
  6. Apple says it didn’t know Trump’s DOJ was asking for Democrats’ data when it complied with subpoena by Steve Kovach, CNBC. 2021-06-11.
  7. Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress by Adam Goldman, The New York Times. 2021-06-11.
  8. Trump administration subpoenaed Apple for lawmakers' data -New York Times, Reuters. 2021-06-10.
  9. Donald Trump announces new social media platform, Truth Social, after being banned from major apps by Jeanine Santucci, USA Today. 2021-10-21.
  10. Here’s how a hacker was able to blow up Trump’s new free speech site by Mikael Thalen, The Daily Dot. 2021-10-21.
  11. Truth Social already censoring content, bans user who made fun of Trump Media CEO by Matt Binder, Mashable. 2022-02-22.
  12. Truth Social Users "Losing Interest" in Trump's Social Media App by Adam Staten, Newsweek. 2022-02-28.
  13. Donald Trump's TruthSocial App Falls To 72 In Rankings Days After Losing No 1 Spot by Rohit Ranjan, Republic World. 2022-03-06.
  14. Truth Social debuts in the Google Play Store, by Taylor Hatmaker, 2022-10-13
  15. Trump snubs Twitter after Musk announces reactivation of ex-president's account by Sheila Dang and Helen Coster, Reuters. 2022-11-20.
  16. 'Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money:' Trump attacks Laurene Powell Jobs over The Atlantic report by Connor Perrett, Business Insider. 2020-09-06.

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