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If you read one thing this week, read this post by Rich Mogul on security and the App Store. In my opinion, it’s an excellent article, and he makes a good case for why both side loading and alternate stores would hurt the security of iOS.

Tim Cook also spoke publicly at the IAPP Summit this week about privacy, the iOS platform, and the App Store. If you didn’t catch it, you won’t be surprised to hear that he is also very much in favour of keeping things the way they are now, with the App Store being the only¹ way to install apps.

I’m also against forcing Apple to add side loading and alternate stores, but my primary concern is always related to the general public’s trust in this computing platform. I’ve written about this several times, but if you’d like a summary, I’m pretty happy with how I put it in the last two paragraphs of my comment in Issue 471.

These arguments all overlap in some ways, but they all also ignore the other side of the argument. Money.

Apple has shown that it will resist changes to the platform due to the multitude of legal challenges it faces, but also that they see the money side of things as unrelated. The companies bringing these legal challenges may say they care about customer choice and other things, but I suspect it’s much more about money in many cases.

I just hope the platform (and by association, us third-party app developers) doesn’t lose too much in these battles.


¹ Yes, it’s not the only way, but it’s the only way that matters for most people who own an iPhone.

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And finally...

Your engineers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think about whether they should. 😅