Kim Jong-un: Tyrant, Psychopath, Mac User

Kim Jong-un: Tyrant, Psychopath, Mac User

He might hate the United States, but he sure digs those designed-in-California computers. You probably wouldn't take Kim Jong-un as a Mac user. Usually, in photos of him checking out military computers, we see the North Korean dictator in front of a PC.

Kim Jong-un: Tyrant, Psychopath, Mac User

[Image: AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS]

However, a handful of photos of the supreme leader at his own desk show him with Macs, leading to the assumption that while the military may use PCs, his personal preference is Mac.

For example, Reuters correspondent James Pearson, who covers North Korea and South Korea, tweeted out this image earlier today:

There are other images, including a 2013 image of Kim Jong-un at his desk with an iMac.

Kim Jong-un: Tyrant, Psychopath, Mac User

[Image: KCNA via Logsoku]

That same year, South Korean newspaper Chosun published this photo from North Korean Central News Agency, which shows an Apple iMac.

Kim Jong-un: Tyrant, Psychopath, Mac User

[Image via Chosun]

It might be easy to write these off as inconsequential, but consider how North Korea's own homegrown OS is, as our colleagues at Gizmodo say, a "delightful Mac OS X knockoff".

Kim Jong-un: Tyrant, Psychopath, Mac User

[Image via Gizmodo]

The strongest Mac connection, however, is that Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il was a Mac user. Google - sorry, Alphabet Inc. - president Eric Schmidt visited North Korea a few years back with his daughter Sophie.

After visiting Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the giant state mausoleum, Sophie Schmidt recalled (via Gizmodo):

Also lying in state: the late Leaders' cars, train compartments and even a yacht, all preserved in their former glory. Even Kim Jong Il's platform shoes were on display. I was delighted to learn that he and I shared a taste in laptops: 15" Macbook Pro.

Kim Jong-il apparently died in his mobile office on train, and the Macbook Pro can apparently be seen in this photo of the preserved train coach.

So, like father, like son?

Top image: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File


    That's how I see all mac users.

      Yeah... Tyrant, psychopath, Mac user... That Venn diagram is basically just 3 circles sitting directly on top of each other so it looks like a single circle.

    At some point he'll be forced to use a PC and end up having it executed for disobeying him.

      When the "you do not have the right to do that" message pops up?

      Second pic already looks like he's giving his statement after executing the PC infront of him.

    There's all the proof I need. Mac users are psychopaths. Only reasonable conclusion that I see.

      No, no, no, this proves that Mac users are spoiled, entitled pseudo intellectuals who think purchasing expensive crap places them on a moral high ground, a better person than the rest of the classless scum, regardless of their shitty hair cut.

        Well... technically not all Mac users are running OS X on real Apple hardware :)

    Did you know Kim Jong Un built his Mac book with nothing but a wooden spoon and three slices of cheese? He also coded the OSX operating system using letter cut-outs from Playboy magazines.

    I'm imagining the poor bastard that has to tell him Apple changed the plugs again.

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