Apple again makes its case against side-loading apps on iPhones in new security research report

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Apple increasingly had to defend its tight control over iPhone and iPad apps.

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Apple spent a lot of time marketing its iPhones and iPads as more secure and reliable than competing devices powered by Google’s Android software, including Samsung. One of the primary reasons is the App Store, The only accepted way to download apps For iPhone and iPad.


Although other phone manufacturers also have their own app stores, they often allow sideloading, where users can find and download apps from sources other than their device’s primary app store. On Wednesday, Apple pushed to advance its case in favor of the controller App Store and against sideloading with a new research paper pointing to increased attacks and malware infections on competing devices.

The new report, called Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps: A Threat Analysis of Sideloading, outlines reports from governments around the world, including US Department of Homeland Security and European counterparts, who have issued warnings about the way people download apps. Notably, Apple said that Android-powered devices have 47 times more malware infections than iPhones.

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“Maintaining security and privacy across the iOS ecosystem is of vital importance to users,” Apple said in its white paper. “Supporting direct downloads and sideloading via third-party app stores would cripple the privacy and security protections that have made the iPhone so secure and expose users to serious security risks.”

Apple’s published research, often referred to as a “white paper,” is the latest approach making its case in favor of the iPhone and iPad App Stores, as well as its controls approach to devices. In June, the tech giant published a pamphlet-style breakdown of its arguments against sideloading, which was carried out by US lawmakers at the time. Debate begins on proposed laws Which may require, among other things, that Apple allows users to sideload apps.

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Apple also faced opposition in the courts, where Fortnite maker Epic Games has argued that the iPhone maker exercises too much control over our devices. Ultimately, Epic argued in its legal filing that Apple has become “the one seeking to control markets, block competition, and stifle innovation.” epic roughly Lost his legal case against AppleAlthough it is attractive.

For its part, Apple defended its controls the same way it did earlier this summer, pointing to the array of sensors and personal data stored on our phones, making them attractive targets for hackers. In its research report on Wednesday, Apple combined that logic with a case study of real-life malware designed to give people access to sensitive parts of their phones. In a case on an Android device, malware was disguised as a security update, asking users to turn off security settings that may prevent sideloading. In another, malware was created Look like the popular social networking app Clubhouse, to steal login information.

“If Apple were forced to support sideloading both through direct downloads and through third-party app stores, iPhone users would be constantly on the lookout for scams, unsure who or what. have to rely on, and as a result, users will download fewer apps from fewer developers,” Apple said.

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