Apple explains why you cannot sideload apps on iOS unlike Android

If you use an Android phone and ever thought of switching to an iPhone, I am sure the thought of not being able to sideload apps must have run through you. It is normal to think about things like installing apps from outside the authorised place to bypass some restrictions. But Apple does not let you do that on an iPhone. It has even faced criticism and pressure from regulators for this, but Apple has always maintained its stance that its iPhone is secure this way. Apple has now published a new document to explain why sideloading is not allowed on iOS.

In its 31-page long document titled “Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps (A threat analysis of sideloading)”, Apple has talked about various aspects of iOS and its closed ecosystem. “Supporting sideloading through direct downloads and third-party app stores would cripple the privacy and security protections that have made iPhone so secure, and expose users to serious security risks,” Apple said to support its defensive stance against the argument that iOS should be made open like Android. Apple is citing reports from regulators from around the world to show the shortcomings of Android because of its open nature.

Apple cited a report by the European regulatory agency to argue that Android devices were found to have 15 to 47 times more malware infections than the iPhone over the past four years. This is a huge chunk of 230,000 mobile infections that emerge on a daily basis, while the monthly malware attacks stood at around 6 million, according to a report by “a large security firm on its clients’ Android mobile devices.”

And while Apple is citing these reports to target Android and argue against sideloading, it certainly did not forget to quote Steve Jobs who advocated for the Apple ecosystem over other operating systems. “We’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once: provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task,” said Steve Jobs in 2017.

In a few brief points, Apple has listed the disadvantages of sideloading on iOS. Here is the full text from Apple’s document:

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