The iPhone maker has released a 31-page report defending the restrictions of its iOS ecosystem on the App Store amid antitrust investigations against Apple by European Union regulators, as well as the ensuing discussions. The tech giant is trying to justify its refusal to allow apps to be downloaded to their smartphones by showing how Android misuses malware.
Apple's report, Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps - Threat Burden Analysis, emphasizes support for sideloading through direct downloads and third-party app stores. It "paralyzes" privacy. and iPhone security protection, which exposes users to "serious security risks".
"The iPhone is a highly personal device where users store some of their personal and sensitive information. According to Apple, privacy is very important in the iOS ecosystem." However, some Apple users want to support distribution from apps outside the App Store, either through direct downloads or third-party app stores, a process also known as "sideloading". European Commission antitrust allegations against Apple allege that the company has violated EU competition rules on App Store policies. The lawsuit has been filed against Spotify's music service.
In an effort to allay concerns about Apple's monopoly, Google has allowed sideloading on iOS, and security issues are high for Android. In particular, Apple notes that “in the past four years, Android devices have been infected with 15 to 47 times more malware than iPhones.”
Apple defends against blocking apps outside the App Store, citing details of Android malware issues