Is Donald Trump’s iPhone different than yours?
It often comes under experts’ discussion whether how secure US President Donald Trump’s iPhone could be and what security risk it could pose to the president himself.
Let’s first recall that the Trump administration had announced in late March that the POTUS had switched to a “secure iPhone.”
For security reasons, the Trump’s new iPhone is not quite known, but experts agree that the “secure” part means it’s probably not loaded with, say, an app that sends in missile strikes. No, in all actuality, it’s probably even less capable than the iPhone in your pocket, according to an article published on KlewTV.
“Out of the box, devices have gotten more secure; that doesn’t mean it’s ready for the President,” Ben Johnson, former NSA employee and co-founder of Carbon Black told Circa.
For instance, Trump’s iPhone probably can’t do regular calling and text-messaging, Johnson said. “Those are older networks, they are more open. There’s a lot less control.”
This would match up with President Obama’s comments about the iPhone he got in the last year of his presidency; it didn’t have calling or texting, but it could send emails. Email is one of the simplest ways for a President to use a smartphone for communication since it can essentially operate end-to-end through a government network.
When it comes to apps, it isn’t expected that the Presidential iPhone has access to too many of the same ones your phone does.
So if you’re wondering how Donald Trump is tweeting from his secure iPhone, it may be the case that the government built a special, more secure version of the Twitter app for Trump to use.
President Obama said his iPhone could browse the web. Experts believe that connection on a presidential iPhone is best handled by filtering it through a secure proxy server, which probably slows download speeds.
Around the time his administration announced he had switched to a “secure iPhone,” the “Twitter for iPhone” signature began showing on the posts that were unmistakably from the POTUS’s fingers.
Even charging the Presidential iPhone isn’t as user-friendly as just plugging into the nearest power cable, Johnson said.
“Really anything that interacts with the phone, people have to have trust in that.”
According to Washington Times report last year, two people write Trump’s tweets and the President himself writes the angrier ones.
The report claimed that the Trump’s tweets comes from two different phones — one from iPhone and another from Samsung Galaxy. “The Android tweets are angrier and more negative, while the iPhone tweets tend to be benign announcements and pictures. This survey looks at 628 iPhone tweets and 762 Android tweets,” the report added.