Donald Trump is tweeting from his iPhone again

Technically Incorrect: The candidate who said he is boycotting Apple still appears to be using his iPhone.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


He just can't quit you, Apple.

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I've always thought that the world is too big for just one Donald Trump.

I was relieved, therefore, that former Republican candidate and now Trump endorser Ben Carson revealed on Friday that there are actually two Trumps.

He was referring to the public Trump and the private one.

I have found evidence of more aspects to this duality.

A few weeks ago, the property developer and marketer insisted that Apple should be boycotted for not ceding to the FBI in hacking a phone issued to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

He started to use his Samsung phone. However, it seemed as if Trump may have found the keyboard on his Samsung device a touch confounding. Some spelling mistakes -- uncharacteristic of a stellar Wharton School of Business graduate -- emerged like blotches on a perfect face.

Perhaps that's the reason why Trump has fallen off the anti-Apple bandwagon numerous times in the past days and has begun tweeting from his iPhone again.

A leisurely scroll down his Twitter account reveals that on Friday, for example, Trump sent several tweets from his iPhone, even though on Thursday he used his Android device. (I use the TweetDeck dashboard, which shows the device he's tweeting from at the bottom.)

In previous days, he's sprinkled his tweeting favors between both operating systems. Could this be an attempt to show that he's capable of reaching across the aisle?

Trump didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

One does wonder, however, whether his call for an Apple boycott was concrete. Or was it more in line with his claim that he would charge a vast 45 percent tariff on goods imported from China? This he described during Thursday night's debate as merely "a threat."

Ease of use, though, has always been one of Apple's core values. Could it be that despite his very best efforts, the man held out until he needed that ease again?

It could be. But, despite calling for the Apple boycott on February 19, Trump was certainly tweeting from his iPhone on, for example, February 25. (See evidence below)

Just because you're trying to make America great again, it doesn't mean you don't have weaknesses. You just have to try not to show them.


He couldn't resist. He just couldn't.

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He really can't quit you, Apple.

Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

But he hasn't forgotten you, Samsung.

Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET