A new document released today by Apple says third-party app stores and sideloading will compromise privacy and security on iPhone 13 and later.
The new document is titled “Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Applications – Analyzing Threats from Third-Party Downloading” and reads:
The iPhone is a very personal device where users store some of their most sensitive and personal data. This means that maintaining security and privacy across the iOS ecosystem is critical to users. However, some require Apple to support distribution of applications outside the App Store, through direct downloads or third-party app stores, a process also referred to as “third-party download”. Supporting third-party downloads through direct downloads and third-party app stores would break the privacy and security protections that made the iPhone so reliable and would expose users to serious security risks.
Apple notes that 15 to 47 times more malware has been detected on Android devices over the past four years than on iPhones. The company claims that if it is forced to accept third-party downloads, more malicious applications will reach users, users will have less information about the applications they download, and some protections against third-party access to their own iPhone hardware will have to be removed, which undermines basic security elements. iPhone.
Apple also highlighted its previous argument that users who don’t want to install apps from the outside will simply have to do so because of developers taking their apps out of the App Store.