Sideloading on iOS would eliminate user choice, says Erik Neuenschwander
What you need to know
- Apple's head of user privacy says sideloading on iOS would eliminate user choice between platforms like iOS and Android.
- Erik Neuenschwander says users already have the option of a platform that lets them sideload apps without a review process.
- He also spoke about why Apple allows the practice on Mac but not iPhone.
Apple's Erik Neuenschwander has spoken about the company's stance on sideloading on the iPhone in a new interview.
Speaking to Fast Company, Apple's head of privacy spoke about Apple's newly-published paper on the dangers of sideloading on iOS. From our earlier report:
In the interview Neuenschwander states that adding sideloading to iOS would actually reduce consumer choice because they already have the option of third-party app stores through Android:
He also spoke about how sideloading would impact all users on iOS, not just the ones who might choose to download apps from somewhere other than the App Store:
Finally, he defended Apple's policy to allow sideloading on macOS but not on the iPhone, stating there are 10 times as many iPhone users as Mac users, making it a much more enticing target:
He also noted the different patterns of use, stating Apple has found iPhone users tend to seek out new apps to download all the time, whilst Mac users download a select few they need to use their machine and not much more.
You can read the full report on Apple's new sideloading privacy paper here.
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Funny this doesn't seem to be a huge issue on mac, but of course apple wants to keep that $$ flowing in with their cut from the IOS app store.
The ability to sideload doesn't mean I have to sideload. That's my choice, just as it is on Android today. I even have to flip a switch to allow it in the first place. A switch that is defaulted to no.