Donald Trump calls for boycott of Apple products, sends message from iPhone

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Apple's refusal to help the FBI access the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists has people firmly divided into two camps. On one hand, many folks side with Apple, arguing that there are important ramifications pertaining to user privacy, encryption, and government intrusion at stake. On the other, there are also a lot of people who are flabbergasted by Apple's adamant refusal to help the FBI, claiming that this is a special circumstance where lives could potentially be at stake.

Clearly falling into the latter group is Presidential candidate Donald Trump. In the wake of Tim Cook's letter articulating why Apple has issues with the FBI's iPhone hacking request, Donald Trump didn't mince words.

In an interview on Fox and Friends earlier this week, Trump exclaimed: "To think that Apple won't allow us to get into her cellphone? Who do they think they are?"

Still fuming, Trump later in the week told a crowd in South Carolina that a boycott of Apple might be in order.

"First of all, Apple ought to give the security for that phone," Trump said. "What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number."

"How do you like that?" he added. "I just thought of that."

Not finished, Trump then took to Twitter on Friday where he relayed the same message.

The first tweet reads: "I use both iPhone & Samsung. If Apple doesn't give info to authorities on the terrorists I'll only be using Samsung until they give info."

Only problem is that Trump (or perhaps one of his aides) sent out the tweet from an iPhone!

Following that up, Trump then sent out the following tweet: "Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal."

Only in America.

via MacRumors

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