Apple again makes its case against sideloading applications on iPhones in a new security study
Apple's iPhones and iPads, including from Samsung, have spent years marketing them as more secure and reliable than competing Android phones powered by Google' s Android software. One of the primary reasons is the App Store, the only authorized way to download apps for iPhone and iPad.
Though other phone makers have their own app stores, they often allow what's called sideloading, where users can find and download apps from sources other than their device''S primary app store. Apple tried to further its case in favor of controller App Stores and against sideloading with a new study that highlighted the rise of attacks and malware infections on rival's computers on Wednesday.
The new report, Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps: A Threat Analysis of Sideloading, draws on data from governments around the world, including the US Department of Homeland Security and European counterparts, who've issued warnings about how people download apps. According to Apple, Android-powered devices have up to 47 times more malware infections than iPhones.
Apple stated in its white paper that maintaining security and privacy on the iOS ecosystem is of "clear importance to users." "Supporting sideloading through direct downloads and third-party app stores would cripple the privacy and security protections that have made iPhone so secure and expose users to severe security risks," added Schreyer.
Apple's published study, sometimes referred to as a "white paper," is the latest way it'll make rebuttals to the iPhone and iPad App Stores as well as its controlling approach to devices. In June, the tech giant revealed a pamphlet-style description of its arguments against sideloading, prompted by US lawmakers weighing proposals to require Apple to allow users to sideloaded applications, among other things.
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Apple's also faced opposition in court, with Fortnite developer Epic Games arguing that the iPhone maker exerts too much control over our devices. Epic argued in its legal filings that Apple has become a "behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation." Epic has largely lost its legal case against Apple, though it is appealing.
Apple for one, defended its control the same way it did earlier this summer, noting to the multitude of sensors and personal data stored on our phones, making them attractive targets for hackers. Apple unveiled Wednesday, in its research report, case studies of real-life malware that tries to nudge people into giving access to sensitive areas of their phones. In one case, the malware was disguised as a security update, requiring users to turn off security settings that may prevent sideloading on an Android device. In one case, the malware was designed to look like the popular social networking app Clubhouse, in order to steal login information.
"If Apple were forced to support sideloading via direct downloads and third-party app stores, iPhone users would have to constantly be on the lookout for scams, never knowing who or what to trust, and, as a result, users might download fewer apps from softer developers," Apple said.