What you need to know
- Craig Federighi gave a speech at Web Summit in Lisbon.
- Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering talked about the dangers of sideloading apps.
- Proposed legislation could potentially force Apple to open up sideloading on the iPhone.
Apple has long stood against the idea of allowing apps to be "sideloaded" onto the iPhone, and that stance hasn't changed one bit.
In a speech at Web Summit in Lisbon, Craig Federighi, Apple's Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, pushed back against proposed European legislation that could force the company to allow the practice. Federighi said that forcing Apple to allow sideloaded apps on the iPhone would open Pandora's Box.
Federighi said that sideloading would open up users to fraud and that, if they want to sideload apps, they should get an Android phone. While it is possible to do so on Android, even Google warns users of the dangers of doing so.
Sideloading an app basically bypasses an App Store. While Apple allows just that on devices like the Mac, the rest of its devices are locked inside the walled garden of the App Store.
Many users (and Apple) argue that this locked-down approach is a privacy and security feature that people appreciate, but Apple is facing growing pressure from governments about anti-trust because of its approach.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.