It’s not over ‘til Obama says so, BlackBerry still has one very loyal fan

Famously the first president in U.S. history to use email, Obama fought to retain the use of his apparently beloved Blackberry in 2009. (File photos: Reuters)

Is BlackBerry really “over?” Do you feel like all your friends are jumping ship and picking up their new iPhones?

Fear not, President Obama may always be a BlackBerry fan, not least because the American president has been barred from carrying an iPhone by his security advisors.

“I am not allowed, for security reasons, to have an iPhone,” Obama joked during a pitch for his healthcare law at the White House on Wednesday.

He added, however, that his daughters Sasha and Malia do have iPhones, and “seem to spend a lot of time” using them.

Famously the first president in U.S. history to use email, Obama fought to retain the use of his apparently beloved BlackBerry in 2009 saying he didn’t want to be kept in the “White House bubble” where the majority of the president’s communications are filtered by staff.

Despite this, The Guardian reported that Obama’s email contact list is limited to a small pool of people.

Apples and Berries; they are different

Agence France-Presse reported that even though BlackBerry has lost market share to Apple and other tech firms, it is still popular among officials in Washington because of its strong encryption.

Traditionally, U.S. presidents have shied away from using hi-tech communication means in part due to the possible interception of information, reported AFP.

However, the main concerns are often more related to political responsibility; documents retained by the White House must be released to the public, according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, which came about as a result of the Watergate scandal.

Apple’s iPhone has yet to be recognized as a secure device for government and military use by White House staff, reported AFP.

Despite not being allowed an iPhone, Obama does have an iPad 2, given to him personally by Steve Jobs before its public release in 2011.

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