Apple explains how restrictions make iOS better than Android

Apple explains how restrictions make iOS better than Android

iOS is an operating system that is literally woven from one continuous limitation. IPhone users can’t do half of what is allowed on Android. But if flashing and in-depth customization is not for everyone, then many would certainly like to be able to download applications not only from the App Store. Moreover, not only users are interested in this, but also developers who do not even hesitate to demand Apple’s permission to download software from outside the official application store through the courts. But Cupertino understands better than others why this is impossible.

Sideloading is downloading software from untrusted sources that have not been verified by the manufacturer of a compatible device. A prime example of sideloading is downloading APK files on Android.

As you know, right now in Europe, there is a trial against Apple in the case of monopolizing the market for mobile applications on iOS. European officials are trying to find out if the Cupertino-based company has the right to force users to download software only from the App Store. But since the proceedings cannot be one-sided, Apple was also allowed to participate and even allowed to present arguments in its defense. Cupertino did not fail to take advantage of this opportunity and in all colors toldwhy in no case can you download applications on iOS from the side.

Are there viruses on iOS

Android smartphones are the most popular target for malware creators, of which there are 15 to 47 times more on this OS than on iOS. The study found that 98% of smartphone malware targets Android. This is directly related to the assumption of downloading applications from unreliable sources. For example, in 2018, users who downloaded software outside of Google Play were 8 times more likely to encounter malicious applications than those who did not, Apple explained.

Downloading apps from outside the App Store can damage your entire iOS

If Apple is forced to allow sideloading of applications, users will be at serious risk of malware infection, the company said. Despite the fact that on iOS, in principle, there are much fewer viruses than on Android, it is logical to assume that the almost complete absence of malignant software is due precisely to the limitations of iOS. Simply put, viruses for the iPhone precisely because of Apple’s strict policy, which, firstly, thoroughly checks all software in the App Store, and, secondly, prohibits downloading it on the side.

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Allowing users to choose where to download apps on the iPhone – from the App Store or outside – is impossible for security reasons, Apple officials say. This can undermine the security of the entire system as a whole, because then the developers can already deprive users of the choice by refusing to place applications in the official directory. As a result, even those who oppose sideloading will be forced to download software on the side, thereby exposing themselves to risks that they did not initially agree to.

App Store counterparts on iOS

Needless to say about cases of fraud, which are guaranteed to increase in connection with the permission to download applications from the outside. If Apple implements this mechanism, it is guaranteed that attackers will start using it. It will not be difficult for them to create a phishing page that mimics the design of the App Store, which will allow them to deceive even those who fundamentally want to download applications from the official store. But they will not have the opportunity to understand whether the App Store is real or fake, because the sideloading mechanism will not be disabled.

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By and large, I agree with Apple, but it seems to me that Cupertino is trying to substitute concepts. After all, allowing sideloading is completely optional. Firstly, because it can really be dangerous, and, secondly, because it is possible to work out a system of guidelines for creating verified app stores, as it is done on Android. After all, no one would ever think of doubting the security of Amazon Appstore or Huawei’s AppGallery. So it would be worthwhile for Apple to get involved and propose such a scenario – even before it is obliged to do so.

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It is clear that the emergence of alternative app stores for Apple is not beneficial either in terms of credibility or in terms of making money. After all, she will also have to teach others how to make analogues of the App Store, which will take away a fair share of her income. But this is only in theory. As practice shows, the audience of Google Play is many times higher than that of all other stores combined. So I guess Apple has nothing to worry about either. Having registered the guidelines and giving them to the people, she will emphasize that she is not afraid, and most users will not go anywhere. They will remain in the App Store.

iOS surpasses Android precisely because of restrictions and prohibitions