Apple: Tim Cook has his say on sideloading
After the release of Craigh Federighi regarding the practice of sideloadingdefined by the Apple executive as the best friend of cyber criminals, this time it was Tim Cook in person to speak. The CEO’s opinion left no room for debate, as Cook invited all those interested in sideloading to opt for an Android phone, as Apple cares about user safety first.
Apple: Tim Cook talks about sideloading
Speaking at The New York Times DealBook summit, Tim Cook explained, without too many words, that for users today there is already a choice: you can opt for a safe and secure platform, obviously referring to Apple, portrayed by the CEO as the champion of the masses, or to an ecosystem that allows sideloading, with all the risks this entails, from malware to viruses:
“If you want to sideload, if that’s important to you, you can buy an Android smartphone. From our point of view, it would be as if I, if I were an automobile manufacturer, were telling a client of mine not to install airbags and seat belts in the car. He would never agree to do it, because it is too risky. An iPhone wouldn’t be an iPhone if it didn’t maximize security and privacy ”.
For the uninitiated, sideloading is the practice that allows you to download applications from third-party stores; a practice that is very common on Android, which has always been open to this type of initiative. On the iPhone, on the other hand, all apps must pass through the strict controls of theApp Storewhich would guarantee the security Cook speaks of.
That said, the CEO’s position appears rather simplistic indeed. It is true that sideloading exposes the device to risks, but it is also true that it is a practice that must be carried out voluntarily by the user. It is literally impossible to download an application by sideloading by mistake and when the owner of a device decides to do so, he also assumes the consequent risks.