Editors' Pick: Originally published Feb. 19
iPhone sales will continue to decline if Donald Trump has his way.
The boisterous billionaire and Republican presidential race frontrunner called for a boycott on Apple (AAPL) Friday, according to numerous reports. He wants consumers to steer clear of the tech giant's products until it hands over the information requested by the FBI over the San Bernardino shootings.
"Apple ought to give the security for that phone, okay?" Trump said in a rally in Pawley's Island, South Carolina. "What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number. How do you like that? I just thought of it. Boycott Apple!"
Apple has been embroiled in a battle with the U.S. government this week over an order from a California court that it help unlock the phone of gunman Syed Farook, who used an iPhone 5c. Earlier this week, in a letter posted to the company's website, Apple CEO Timothy D. Cook said the request would set a "dangerous precedent," threatening the security of Apple's customers, something it has long said it would not do.
The Department of Justice has pushed back at Apple's refusal. Early Friday, the DOJ filed a motion to make Apple comply with the FBI order to give access to the iPhone. Apple has until February 26 to comply.
A number of members of the tech community have come out in support of Cook and Apple, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Despite Trump's Friday call for a boycott, the real estate magnate appears to be a fan of Apple and its products.
He claims to have made more than $1 million investing in the stock, which he sold in 2014. His good friend and fellow billionaire Carl Ichan, who Trump has on numerous occasions said he would like to see in his White House cabinet, is one of the company's biggest fans (though he did sell some of the stock recently).
Moreover, Trump, an incredibly active Twitter user, tweets mostly from Twitter for iPhone. And PolicyMic's Stefan Becket pointed out on Twitter that the Trump campaign did some shopping at the Apple store last year as well.
Trump campaign spent $108 at the Apple Store last year. Which is not that interesting but I already looked it up so pic.twitter.com/9yTIOiycbL— Stefan Becket (@becket) February 19, 2016
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