IPhones do not allow applications to be installed outside the App Store, and Apple once again defends any anti-competitive practice in a detailed document. We learn that the firm justifies its strategy by the security of the ecosystem, not hesitating to brandish a study by Nokia as well as some frontal comparisons with Android smartphones.
Yes you follow the Epic Games vs Apple case, you know that the App Store, its rules like the 30% commission and the inability to install alternative app stores are at the heart of the debates. In this regard, the defense sometimes seemed a little unsettled by the questions from Epic Games.
Suddenly, Apple obviously preferred to take the time to think about concoct a detailed document that defends Apple’s strategy in its ecosystem taking the angle of user protection. The document begins with a timeline that shows that the issue of loading apps out of the app store is one question Steve Jobs was already talking about in 2007.
Apple: “Android smartphones are 15 times more infected with malicious software than iPhones”
He explained in particular: “We’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at the same time: provide an advanced and open platform for developers, while at the same time protecting iPhone users against viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. It is not an easy task”.
Apple also cites comments from the European Commission but also from the US Department of Homeland Security, 2016 and 2017 which recommend blocking the loading of applications outside of official stores. Like Apple, the aforementioned agencies believe that apps installed outside of app stores is a dangerous attacks on smartphone vector.
Tim Cook then recalls that “Our phones are not just phones: they store some of the most personal information about our private and professional life”. Then defends Apple’s approach around the App Store, before sending a small spike, study in support, to its competitors: “Studies show that third-party app stores on Android devices where apps are unchecked, run more risk and are more likely to contain malware, compared to apps found on official stores ”.
In the left column, in a section “Did you know ?”, Apple adds: “study shows Android devices are 15 times more infected with malicious software than Android devices iPhone“. A figure that we actually find in the study Threat Intelligence Report 2020 from Nokia. Apple is therefore convinced that changing the rules around the App Store and the installation of applications would contravene the security of the ecosystem. A point on which Apple has been insisting for years.
In the rest of the document, Apple gives straightforward illustrated examples of security breaches that would result from a change of rules. The firm cites the possibility of “bypassing parental controls”, viruses (specifically the risk of ransomware), the risk of stimulating application hacking and finally the risks for privacy. The entire document is available as a source for this article.
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What do you think of this argument? Is Apple right to present its strategy as a plus for privacy and security? Share your opinion in the comments.