05/12/2013 06:09 GMT | Updated 04/02/2014 05:59 GMT

President Obama 'Not Allowed' An iPhone For 'Security Reasons'

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He might have access to the world's most powerful military, the nuclear launch codes and a very big, impressive desk. But President Obama does not have an iPhone.


Because he's "not allowed".

Obama reportedly told a child at a White House 'youth summit' that he was not allowed an Apple phone "for security reasons".

His comments are the latest twist in a tedious, largely pointless tale in which Obama has tried and failed to retain relatively normal access to the digital world.

Before becoming president Obama told CNBC that the security services would have to forcibly extract his smartphone from his grip when taking office.

"I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry. They're going to pry it out of my hands," Obama said, while only president-elect.

And as it turns out, he did get to keep his phone - though it's apparently "no fun" and only able to contact about 10 people. Which is why an iPhone is apparently off the cards, as it doesn't meet the strict legal and security requirements demanded when you're the most powerful man on the planet. Which you can understand, given their own apparent ability to hack the mobile phones of other major world leaders.