At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote
his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed to
have Apple's smart phone, the iPhone, for "security reasons,"
though he still uses Apple's tablet computer, the iPad.
Apple was one of several tech companies that may have allowed
the National Security Agency (NSA) direct access to servers
containing customer data, according to revelations by former NSA
contractor Edward Snowden. The companies deny the allegation.
Obama fought to keep his BlackBerry after coming to the White
House in 2009, though he said only 10 people have his personal
email address. Neither George W. Bush nor Bill Clinton used
email during their presidencies.
BlackBerry, a Canadian company formerly known as Research In
Motion Ltd, virtually invented the idea of on-the-go email, but
lost its market stranglehold as rivals brought out more
consumer-friendly devices, like Apple's iPhone and phones using
Google's Android software.
The company recently halted plans to be sold and is trying to
chart a new course by focusing on large business and government
(Reporting by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Paul Simao)