The White House, like many other government and corporate organizations, continues to standardize upping RIM's BlackBerry devices for their vaunted security in messaging. But the president isn't waiting for RIM to offer its PlayBook.
At a town hall meeting hosted by Jorge Ramos of Univision, Barack Obama mentioned, "I took my BlackBerry off for this show, because I didnât want it going off, and that would be really embarrassing. But usually I carry a BlackBerry around."
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal MarketWatch blog, Ramos asked whether the president had an iPad.
"I do have an iPad,â Obama answered, joking that he also has his own computer to the amusement of the audience.
âI mean, Jorge, Iâm the president of the United States,â Obama said. âYou think Iâve got to go borrow somebodyâs computer? Hey, man, can I borrow your computer? How about you? Youâve got one?â
The report says Obama uses his iPad tethered to his BlackBerry, but that nothing was stated about how the president uses the tablet device. Last fall, it was revealed that Apple had contracted with Unisys to "provide maintenance and other services to companies and government agencies that purchase Apple devices."
Unisys had already started deploying iOS apps for government agencies, including a security app for US Department of Homeland Security border patrol agents, designed to allow them to remotely monitor border cameras using iPhones.