Apple reportedly looking to sweep antivirus apps from the iOS App Store
A number of virus scanners have been removed from the app store recently. One of the apps affected was VirusBarrier, whose developer, Intego, wrote in a blog post that the removal is part of a larger effort by Apple to eliminate anti-virus and anti-malware products from the App Store. From Intego (opens in new tab):
The reasoning behind the removal of anti-virus apps from the App Store appears to be an effort by Apple to stem concerns from users over whether their iOS devices are susceptible to viruses and malware. Intego CEO Jeff Erwin recently spoke to MacRumors about Apple's stated reason for VirusBarrier's removal:
Apple has yet to release any official statement on the matter, but it would make sense that the company would want to negate any concerns over iOS' susceptibility to viruses and malware given the operating system's sandboxed environment.
Sources: Intego (opens in new tab), MacRumors
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