Although iOS is becoming more and more functional, it is still a relatively closed operating system compared to Android. The simplest example is that it is impossible to install third-party app stores or freely load and run ipa without jailbreaking.
However, the EU is currently reviewing the Digital Markets Act, which includes provisions that would require companies such as Apple to allow third-party app stores to run on their devices.
At the DealBook Summit this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again responded to the practice of sideloading apps.
Cook bluntly said that, in fact, if you want to sideload an app or think it’s important, then Android is the way to go. For Apple, allowing sideloading is like starting a car without airbags and seat belts. Apple’s mission is to maximize user security and privacy, and open sideloading is not an iPhone.
In fact, just two days ago, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi, also pointed out that bypassing the App Store to install apps opens an unaudited, malware-laden Pandora’s box.
According to data released by Apple earlier, the risk of malware infection on Android is 15 to 47 times that of iOS.