Apple sideloads security defence into App Store debate

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Apple said users would be at increased risk of mobile malware if users from sideloading applications from outside of the App Store.
Apple has argued that giving iPhone owners complete control over the software they install on their devices would "cripple" security protections as the tech giant attempts to fend off moves by regulators to open up its iOS App Store.

In a report published Wednesday, the Cupertino-headquartered firm said users would be at increased risk of mobile malware if users could "sideload" applications from outside of the App Store.

The EU is investigating whether Apple has abused its position by preventing consumers from finding cheaper app alternatives elsewhere, such as downloading directly from a developer's own website or an alternative app store. Apple charges a commission of up to 30% to developers listing apps in its marketplace.

Apple has long held up security as a justification for its lucrative walled garden, and its new 31-page document suggests it is doubling down on that argument.

"Over the past four years, Android devices were found to have 15 to 47 times more malware infections than iPhone," Apple's report said.

It points to a selection of curated statistics from cybersecurity firms such as Kaspersky Labs.

A core part of Apple's argument is that scammers and cybercriminals would find it easier to trick consumers into downloading a malicious app outside of its App Store. Apple must approve an app before it is listed on the Store and part of that includes a security check.

But Apple…
Robert Scammell
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