Forbidden fruit.

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If Trump can boycott Apple, Apple can boycott Trump.

That seems to be the message underlying a story from Politico, which cites unnamed sources in reporting that the Cupertino, California-based maker of the iPhone and other iconic tech gadgets won’t provide support to the upcoming GOP convention.

The sources told the Beltway-news site that the reason is Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants, minorities and women.

Other tech firms, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft are reportedly participating in the convention in some form or another, with Google set to provide a live stream of the event (despite protests), Microsoft contributing tablets and cloud storage and Facebook planning a presence including a lounge of some kind. None of the companies responded to a request for comment.

Apple itself provided computers to the event in 2008, Politico notes, as well as to that year’s Democratic convention. It sat out both events in 2012, after the Democrats decided not to accept any corporate sponsorship, the site said.

Apple joins other companies, including storied tech brand HP, in turning away from the Republican proceedings this time around.

In February, Trump called for a boycott of Apple because of the company’s refusal to help the FBI hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino, California, shootings.

Apple declined to comment on the Politico report.


Apple cites Trump as it turns its back on GOP convention, says report – CNET