Last week, Apple’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi spoke about his and Apple’s views on privacy and sideloading on the iPhone at the Web Summit conference, saying that allowing sideloading on iPhone would be “a criminals best friend.” Apple CEO Tim Cook has followed up on this to cement this saying that with iPhone, Apple focuses on users security and privacy.
Cook said that allowing sideloading on iPhone was not an option and users who wanted to that can go and buy and Android phone instead.
Speaking at The New York Times “DealBook” summit, Cook outlined that Apple is currently offering users a choice.
“I think that people have that choice today, Andrew, if you want to sideload, you can buy an Android phone. That choice exists when you go into the carrier shop. If that is important to you, then you should buy an Android phone. From our point of view, it would be like if I were an automobile manufacturer telling [a customer] not to put airbags and seat belts in the car. He would never think about doing this in today’s time. It’s just too risky to do that. And so it would not be an iPhone if it didn’t maximize security and privacy.”
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Apple has faced a lot of backlash over the App Store recently, with the Epic case this year and now some criticism coming from South Korea.