President Donald Trump feels some kind of way about Apple’s user interface design decisions, and for some inexplicable reason, he decided to let the tech giant’s CEO, Tim Cook, know about it in a tweet early Friday evening.
“To Tim: The Button on the iPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!” he wrote, thus officially wading into a debate that’s already been raging for a couple years.
To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2019
What’s not clear is what prompted this tweet. Did the president just receive a new (and faster) iPhone — one that lacks the age-old home button? Or is it rather that the president is just now noticing this feature? There’s no way to confirm either way.
What’s known is that Apple began discontinuing the use of the home button with the release of the iPhone X in 2017. This feature has, it would appear, become permanent since, with the newly released iPhone 11 also reportedly lacking it:
Still getting use to not having a home button. The iPhone 11 is freaking awesome otherwise. Could be my favourite phone to date! Thanks @MeaghanGibbs7 pic.twitter.com/dTFSuNhbpn
— Deer (@TheDeerTV) October 18, 2019
What’s also known is that the president switched over from an Android to the iPhone the same year that Apple began tinkering with the home button. And he did so because of pressure from congressional Democrats (who else?) over his phone’s alleged security flaws. The pressure came in the form of them demanding an investigation (surprise, surprise).