Apple CEO compares downloading apps on Android to driving without an airbag
November 13, 2021
The App Store It has become one of the most buoyant businesses Apple has today. Despite growing scrutiny and monopoly accusations, Apple Tech remains hell-bent on keep your iPhone and iPad closed to downloading ‘apps’ from unofficial stores. This has been made clear again by Tim Cook, executive director of the company, at the ‘Deelbook’ event held by ‘The New York Times’, according to the specialized media’
Cook, who served 10 years ago at the helm of Apple, affirmed that, currently, users have in their hands to bet on secure devices or, on the contrary, access a greater number of applications; even if it is putting the security of their terminals at risk.
«If you want downloads, you can buy an Android phone. That option exists when you go to the operator’s store. If that’s important to you, then you should buy an Android phone, “said the executive.
“From our point of view, it would be as if I were an automobile manufacturer and told (a customer) not to put airbags or seat belts in a car. I would never think of doing that currently. It is too risky. So it wouldn’t be an iPhone if it didn’t maximize security and privacy, ”Cook continued.
Privacy (and benefits)
This is not the first time that Apple uses the privacy argument to justify the prohibition of downloading applications from stores other than the App Store, something that is possible in Android. Just a few months ago, the company issued a statement in which it highlighted its work to keep its devices free of threats and remembered the risks of opening its ecosystem to third parties.
“Allowing side downloading would degrade the security of the iOS platform and expose users to serious security risks not only in third-party app stores, but also in the App Store. Due to the large size of the iPhone user base and the confidential data stored on their phones (photos, location data, health and financial information) an avalanche of attacks against the platform would be caused, ”the company maintained.
Beyond privacy, Apple does not deny that the commissions it gets thanks to the applications – which move between 15 and 30% of what the user pays to the developer on duty – have their weight when it comes to maintaining this policy . This was recognized by Tim Cook, its executive director, during the trial that faced the firm with Epic – the creator of ‘Fortnite’ – last spring. Steve Jobs’ successor pointed out that if Apple allowed alternative payment systems «we would give up the full return on our intellectual property“, Which would force the firm to” devise another system to bill developers, which I think would be a disaster. “
Only during the first half of this year, the technology company has achieved, thanks to the App Store, revenues of 41,500 million dollars, according to estimates by
Sensor Tower. More than half of that amount, 26,000 million, comes from video games.