Proof: President Obama Uses An iPad 2 3G

Proof: President Obama Uses An iPad 2 3G

Last month, President Obama almost smacked some goofus upside the head for insinuating he couldn’t get an iPad. “I’m the President of the United States. You think I’ve got a – you think I’ve got to go borrow somebody’s computer?” he said.

It was a perfect little moment of presidential sass, and the only way it could have been more perfect is if Obama had called his interlocutor a jive turkey before actually smashing him over the head with his iPad. However, questions abounded, including what flavor of iPad Obama favored: a first-gen model or the iPad 2?

Well, here’s your answer, courtesy of the White House’s Flickr account. The president owns an iPad 2 and what appears to be an unassuming gray polyurethane smart cover… a wise choice on the President’s part, given how prone to picking up Marmite and beer stains the leather covers are.

But one great, eternal question remains: does the president use the iPad 2 WiFi-only model, or the iPad 2 3G? Update: As a reader points out, it’s an iPad 2 3G!

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  • j in UK

    Someone is not doing his homework. The President is using an iPad 2 3G. There as another photo published a few weeks ago showing the back of the iPad. It clearly had the 3G antenna.

  • ostafi andy
  • brownlee

    Thanks, guys! Updated!

  • RichardHenderson

    What I would like to know, and I can’t imagine I’m the only one:
    1. How has the device been ‘hardened’ for Presidential use? No way the people in charge of information security at the top-level would allow President Obama to use it out-of-the-box.

    2. Special apps? That bypass the App Store? I’m sure the government would be able to get Apple to let them bypass the app store.

    3. Wireless? I can not imagine, even for a second, that the NSA would allow that device to transmit over a wireless carrier – unless it’s carrying some serious encryption at the device level… which leads into encryption in general: software-based? Additional hardware-based encryption? I have no doubts as to the chops of the gadget guys in the NSA being able to split one open, build a custom board of some sort that provides hardware encryption… without altering the external appearance of the device… maybe a marginally smaller battery?

    Sadly, we’ll never know… :(

  • HammyHavoc

    I had no doubt in my mind about this given the meetings between Obama and Jobs.

  • The?

    Black or White?

    I would guess white by the smart cover.

  • Annonmym

    http://mobilearmor.com/ Yup, its DataArmor.

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