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    Apple opposes unapproved and unofficial applications on iPhone despite pressure from regulators

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    In a new, 16-page report recently released, Apple outlined its reasons for abandoning unapproved and unofficial applications on the iPhone, claiming that the presence of these apps endangers users' security and safety. . The report, titled "Building a Secure Ecosystem for Millions of Applications," discusses an overview of Apple's current security processes and outlines possible changes to regulatory licensing applications if required. Is. <b>Apple</b> <b>opposes</b> <b>unapproved</b> and <b>unofficial</b> <b>applications</b> on <b>iPhone</b> <b>despite</b> <b>pressure</b> <b>from</b> regulators

    Available in the Apple Store must follow the company's instructions and rules and be compatible with the App Store review process. However, if this method changes, applications may not comply with the rules and regulations set to protect users. Therefore, according to the executives of the American company, the sideloading method will make users vulnerable to viruses and malware.

    The term sideload means installing an application in the form of a file with the IPA extension on one of Apple devices, which is done through methods such as jailbreaking and circumventing some of the restrictions imposed by Apple for users. This way, users of Apple products can download and install their apps not only through the App Store, but also through other stores as well as web pages.

     <b>Apple</b> <b>opposes</b> <b>unapproved</b> and <b>unofficial</b> <b>applications</b> on <b>iPhone</b> <b>despite</b> <b>pressure</b> <b>from</b> <b>regulators</b>

    This report is part of the US company's resistance to lawmakers and critics who believe applications should be licensed outside the app. Export them from the centralized framework of the App Store and install them independently on the iPhone. The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is also expected to discuss Apple Store policies in consideration of several technology monopoly bills. According to Bloomberg, one of the bills, backed by David Cicilline, chairman of the Antitrust Subcommittee, may require Apple to agree to install standalone applications from the company's store. Elsewhere, including in the European Union, the proposed Digital Markets Act (abbreviated DMA, Digital Markets Act) could force Apple to accept the installation of unofficial and unapproved apps. According to CNBC, the CEO of Apple had previously stated that the literature used in this law, which is still under discussion, will probably force the company to accept such applications on the iPhone, and this will ensure the security of the Apple ecosystem. Will destroy. On the other hand, companies such as Epic Games, in their marginal case with the Cupertino giant, have sought an independent license to install such programs from Apple.

    Apple currently allows you to install unofficial, unauthorized apps on MacBook PCs independently, but claims that this method does not work for iPhones because more sensitive and personal information is stored on users' phones. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, recently argued in a lawsuit against Epic Games that the implementation of the method used on Macs indicates an unacceptable level of malware installation and use. It will be catastrophic for mobile phones and iOS. <b>Apple</b> <b>opposes</b> <b>unapproved</b> and <b>unofficial</b> <b>applications</b> on <b>iPhone</b> <b>despite</b> <b>pressure</b> <b>from</b> <b>regulators</b>

    According to a new Apple report," allowing sideload reduces the security of the iOS platform and exposes users to serious security risks not only in the various stores [of the app] but also in the App Store. " The company cites research showing that miscellaneous app stores on the Android platform (which allow standalone applications to be installed) are more likely to have malware code, and believes that if implemented in iOS, similar problems for Devices based on this ecosystem will also be created. Because apps like this do not use Apple's security and privacy features.

    Critics of Apple's performance, however, have denied the security claim, citing Apple's reference to a group of 500 people. Experts, who review and update about 100,000 new programs each week, still avoid many examples of problematic programs from these controls, so independent programmers cannot be prevented from doing so. In addition, forcing developers to use the App Store means that most of them have to pay 30% of the cost of selling the app or in-app purchases as a commission; What Cecilin used to call a kind of robbery.

    Some other experts have argued that iPhone security is more about iOS security features than the way the applications run in the test environment, or in the so-called sandbox, rather than the review process by the App Store. However, Apple claims in its report that the best protection structure relies on a combination of defense layers that are simultaneously reviewed by the App Store and the internal security of the operating system. <b>Apple</b> <b>opposes</b> <b>unapproved</b> and <b>unofficial</b> <b>applications</b> on <b>iPhone</b> <b>despite</b> <b>pressure</b> <b>from</b> regulators

    According to the American giant executives, the permission to install standalone applications outside of Apple, on billions of users The platform will be impressive. In addition, users may need to install apps outside of the App Store for work or study, or may be unknowingly deceived into attempting to install the app. That's why Apple claims that sideloading gives malware more flexibility in how to attack iPhones. In fact, from the point of view of company executives, the issue is not just the user's choice, because in the end, this issue will affect all iPhone users.

    Finally, Apple believes that implementing this approach will hurt the developers themselves. Because in the current situation, users can easily receive new and small applications from developers from a secure platform, but if the conditions are such that it is possible to install applications from any source, this trust will be lost. Had.

    Apple is, of course, lobbying directly with US lawmakers alongside the report, and according to the New York Times, there was a recent call between Tim Cook and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and concerns among executives. Apple has been discussing antitrust bills. Cook also discussed the issue in a virtual meeting with Margrethe Vestager, head of the EU's antitrust office.

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