Out of the squad! Apple senior VP of software engineering, Craig Federighi, deleted a friend request from Taylor Swift on stage during WWDC. What would ever cause the Apple bigwig to do such a thing?
Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, was on stage at the tech giant’s WWDC conference on June 13 presenting a new iPhone feature, when he did something incredibly shocking: deleted a Facebook friend request from Taylor Swift, 26, that popped up on his phone during the demonstration! The gall! Click through to watch the cringeworthy moment!
Craig, no! So Apple unveiled another new feature for the iPhone at WWDC. There will now be widgets on the iPhone lock screen that make it into a fully functional screen (kinda defeating the purpose of locking, no?). To demonstrate, Craig pulled up his locked phone on a huge screen on stage, and showed just a few notifications that he was able to dismiss: a missed call from his mom (rude), something personal from Apple Wallet, an alert that Apple senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller had raided his Clash of Clans village, and…a Facebook friend request from Taylor!
Um, does he not understand how many people would absolutely die for the chance to be BFFs with Taylor? Dude could have been living the glamorous life, rolling dozens deep with her legions of models, singers and cats, but he blew that chance big time! And obviously, Taylor’s fans were baffled by the move. Does he really know what he just did?
— Dave DeLong (@davedelong) June 13, 2016
“Taylor Swift is requesting to be your friend”. Howling. #WWDC
— Alex Ryans (@alexryans) June 13, 2016
It’s a little bit of a bad PR move for Craig to deny Taylor so publicly, since she’s such a passionate defender of the company! Remember that Taylor wrote a later decrying the use of streaming services that don’t pay their artists and battled with Apple Music over it. But they’ve since reconciled. If you want to stream 1989 and her other albums, you gotta go with Apple! Maybe she’s going to reconsider doing any more awkward Drake commercials after this one!
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Craig deleted Taylor’s friend request? Tell us in the comments!