The existing authorized powers that be won’t let US President Barack Obama use an iPhone because of some security reasons, he told some young people while pitching his signature healthcare law in White House.
However, the daughter of president, Malia and Sasha, do have iPhones and “seem to spend a lot of time” using them, as Mr. Obama mentioned.
President Obama is inhibited to using a phone from the surprisingly enough with previous BlackBerry.
All things are not entirely forbidden in Apple, mind you. Mr. Obama can, in fact, using an iPad to scan news headlines and surf the internet, which Vanity Fair reported last year.
So, what is major disaster about the iPhone? The US government didn’t break out details so we don’t know if they’ve confirmed found something they don’t like or they just haven’t finished looking within yet.
If they’re still considering it over there are a few security-related things they’ll want to look at:
- Siri letting intruders talk according to their way into a locked iPhone.
- Locking screen problems wherein crooks are locked out of the keyboard, but the touch screen interface didn’t stop them from simply asking the phone to bypass its own security measure.
- Apple’s fondness for store- Siri transcripts and audio files on its servers.
That last partiality actually got Siri banned from IBM setup, given that Big Blue didn’t took a shine to the idea that transcripts of its employees’ musings would be lying around at Apple.
Another thing that’s eventually made the US government shy away from Apple is its noticeable allergy to openness.
In 2012, when the US government was moving to equip military and government officials through mobile devices, it specifically looked to Google’s Android operating system to convene its security requirements.
Why not then the iPhone? Because Apple has never let developers swindle with its code as freely as Google has.
In February 2011, Apple did make a hesitant step toward opening up, offering a copy of the developer appetizer of Mac OS X 10.7 and aka Lion, for security of researchers and asking for criticism – by invitation only, and specifically only under a non-disclosure agreement regarding whatever researchers found.
That door wasn’t ajar long. After nine months, it slammed shut on security researcher Charlie Miller – aka “that Apple 0 day guy” – who had the infuriate to uncover a potentially dangerous virus he found in iOS that allowed unapproved code to be run on iPads and iPhones.
Miller packed with proof-of-concept bug into a fake stockpile ticker program for allocation in Apple’s App Store. Apple didn’t appreciate it at all.
Instead of thanking him for pointing out a perilous hole with a harmless demo, they ripped up Miller’s license as an Apple developer.
Obviously, Apple has a record of being a bit unsettled when it comes to opening up its code.
Likewise, there is nothing that much surprising whatsoever about the Feds refusing to open the doors of the White House to the iPhone – at least, not to the Commander in Chief of State.
We have to say sorry to President Obama. We hope that getting to use your iPad is some consolation.