Seemingly out of the blue Friday, Donald Trump decided to weigh in via his usual presidential soapbox, Twitter, on an unexpected subject: Apple’s UI decisions. So, as I’m sure you’re now wondering, what does the commander in chief think about the company’s recently released iPhone 11 series?
No idea. He didn’t say, since posting on social media about relevant news—however bizarrely outside his wheelhouse—would be far too sane. Instead, he subtweeted tech CEO Tim Cook to let him know exactly where he stands on a hotly debated issue circa 2016.
That’s right, our president is firmly on team home button. Apple ditched the physical button in its top-of-the-line models beginning in 2016 with the company’s iPhone X series, replacing it with what Trump somewhat ominously calls “the Swipe,” i.e. swipe and gesture controls.
To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2019
$10 you’re holding the tv remote control
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) October 25, 2019
10$ he was pointing to the microwave and couldn’t get Foxnews and blamed Tim Apple
— Toni Navarro (@Toni_Navarro) October 25, 2019
To Tim Apple:
I’m getting senile and delirious and just realized today that all iPhones since 2017 had the home button removed and replaced with a swipe. It was very shocking to me here in 2019, two years later because it feels like it just happened.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) October 25, 2019