Apple has in the more recent times been at the receiving end of severe pressure at the hands of regulators as well as its rivals with respect to its control over its iOS App Store. And now, the tech giant has finally gone on to publish a new document which actually showcases the defensive stance that the brand holds with respect to the subject – which also of course proceeds towards the warning of the hazards that arise courtesy of allowing the sideloading of iOS apps.
In accordance with what the 31 page document says, Apple ended up sharing “Some are demanding that Apple support the distribution of apps outside of the App store, through direct downloads or third-party app stores, a process also referred to as sideloading. 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.”
In more simpler terms then, it seems as if Apple is very against the prospect of bringing in competition due to such concerns – something which has also indeed been told to the US lawmakers. In the current moment in time, the iPhone maker has even gone as far as voicing out concerns over it being forced by the European Union so as to allow third party app stores as well as direct download of apps by the user themselves. Of course though, as has been noted by many, there is in fact a rather major flaw with Apple’s argument against sideloading in the first place. As has been pointed out already, the brand actually refers to sideloading as both the user directly downloading and also installing apps as well as third party app stores. However, this is not at all the case due to the fact that it’s only the former that refers to sideloading and the two scenarios are not at all equal to each other.