After Trump gaffe, Apple chief changes Twitter handle

On the request of one of the users, Apple CEO changed his Twitter handle to Tim and a Mac emoji of an apple

Tech Desk March 08, 2019
Photo illustration shows the Twitter feed of Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who turned into "Tim Apple" on social media after a slip-up by US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: AFP

US President referred to the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook as “Tim Apple” at the meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The mistake didn't go unnoticed with Twitter users making the issue well known.

After initially not responding to the error, Apple CEO Tim Cook found the funny side to the situation.

On the request of one of the users, he changed his Twitter handle to Tim and a Mac emoji of an apple.

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Cook’s speech about how he wants to teach kids coding before they graduate from K-12 to “become somewhat proficient at it” by later in their lives was met with Trump’s response where he said “We have so many companies coming in. People like Tim, you're expanding all over and doing things that I really wanted you to do right from the beginning. I used to say, 'Tim, you've got to start doing it over here,' and you really have. I mean, you've really put a big investment in our country. We appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.”

President Trump is known for using nicknames and ‘mispronouncing names’ of rather known people such as “Jeff Bozo” in reference to Jeff Bezos of Amazon. “Tim Apple” though was a new nickname that no one had ever heard before.

Some fans of Apple and Tim Cook took to Twitter to laugh over this debacle started by the President.

Though it does look like Cook changed the name after one user requested him to do so "just for a laugh"

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Earlier in 2016, Trump has been critical of Apple and the ideology since Apple refused to unlock a user’s iPhone for the FBI, so much so that Trump even called for a boycott of the company’s products. And when Trump was running his presidential campaign, he tweeted that he had sold his stock in Apple as the company wasn’t making bigger phones “like Samsung.”

The Apple emoji-only shows up on Mac computers and iOS smartphones while on Windows it just shows as a box.

This article originally appeared on CNBC.


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