Sunday, December 5

Tim Cook compares Android’s ‘sideloading’ to riding in a car without an airbag or seat belt


One of the big differences between the two great mobile platforms of this era is that Android allows ‘sideloading’ and iOS does not. What is sideloading? Well, neither more nor less than being able to install applications informally (usually with the so-called APK, the self-contained packages with the application ready to be installed), without going through the Google application store.

Apple has never allowed something like this, and now Tim Cook makes it clear what he thinks of sideloading: “if that’s important to you, you should buy an Android phone.” Not only that: for the CEO of Apple the sideloading of Android it is “as if a car manufacturer told a customer not to put airbags and seat belts in the car”.

Wait, and on macOS, what?

Tim Cook’s statements came at the ‘DealBook’ event organized by The New York Times in which he partitioned Tim Cook, CEO of Apple.

In that event an interviewer asked Cook about ‘sideloading’. Apple has never allowed it on iOS, and in fact precisely the ‘jailbreak’ processes for this platform allowed that, installing IPA packages similar to Android APKs. For Cook that is a clear risk:

“I think people have that option nowadays, and if you want to sideload, you can buy an Android phone. That option exists when you go to the carrier’s store. If that’s important to you, then you should buy an Android phone. From Our point of view, It would be as if I were a car manufacturer telling you [a un cliente] not to put airbags and seat belts in the car. It would never occur to him to do it these days. It is too risky to do so. And so it wouldn’t be an iPhone if it didn’t maximize security and privacy. “

Cook’s statement comes weeks after another Apple executive also made clear the company’s position on this system. Craig Federighi rated to sideloading like “the best friend of the criminal“, and that allowing such a thing would open the door to malware on iOS.

Apple published a report on security and privacy on iOS and compared it to Android. According to his data, on Android there is between 15 and 47 times more malware than on the iPhone, and that fact “is closely linked to sideloading.”

The funny thing about all this is that Apple takes its chest out with iOS and that commitment to privacy and security, but sideloading has always been allowed on macOS.

In fact, in this desktop operating system -as it happens in Windows- there is not even talk of ‘sideloading’ as such: Installing applications with .exe or .msi files on Windows is as normal as doing it with .dmg or .pkg files on macOS. One downloads them from the developer’s website and installs them normally.

That, of course, has its risks: those installation packages may have been connected from other untrustworthy sources, but the funny thing here is that Apple does use that argument for iOS – it was an argument in its defense in the legal battle with Epic– but forget to mention that in a sense macOS is that car without a seatbelt or airbag, as could be Android and Windows.

Via | MacRumors



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