Apple Points to Android Malware Infections in Argument Against Sideloading on iOS


Apple on Wednesday published a 30-page threat analysis report in an effort to show why allowing sideloading on iOS would pose serious privacy and security risks to iPhone users.

Sideloading is the process of downloading and installing mobile apps on Apple devices from sources other than the official App Store, such as through direct downloads or third-party app stores.

There has been pressure on Apple to support sideloading, but the tech giant believes that sideloading would “cripple the privacy and security protections that have made iPhone so secure, and expose users to serious security risks.”

Apple is apparently trying to show how bad the situation is in the Android ecosystem, and suggests that iOS could end up just as bad if it starts allowing users to install applications from third-party stores and websites.

The company has collected data from nearly 150 reports and news articles published by major cybersecurity firms and news outlets since 2014 in an effort to show that Android devices are far less secure than iPhones. For instance, the report highlights two threat intelligence reports from Nokia showing that Android phones had between 15 and 47 times more malware infections than iPhones.

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