A hot potato: Tim Cook has poured more fuel into the debate between Apple and Android by stating that Google’s operating system has 47 times more malware than Cueprtino’s, mainly due to how difficult iOS makes it difficult to download apps. He added that if Apple were forced to allow the practice, it would destroy the security of the iPhone.
Speaking to Guillaume Lacroix, CEO and founder of media company Brut, Cook reiterated Apple’s focus on user privacy. “We have focused on privacy for more than a decade. We see it as a basic human right. A fundamental human right,” said the Apple boss.
Cook also spoke about the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by the European Commission, including the parts that, according to him, “do not benefit the user.”
“The current DMA language that is being discussed would force the download on the iPhone,” he said. “That would destroy the security of the iPhone and a lot of the privacy initiatives that we’ve built into the App Store, where we have Privacy Nutrition Labels and App Tracking Transparency, where it forces people to get permission to track between apps.”
“These things would no longer exist except for people who got stuck in our ecosystem, so I care deeply about privacy and security.”
Cook added that Android devices are responsible for 47 times more malware infections than iOS. You are probably referring to this 2019 report from Nokia, but an update 2020 version shows that malware detection on Android fell to 26.6%, while the iPhone increased from 1% to 1.6%.
“It’s because we have designed iOS in such a way that there is an App Store and all applications are reviewed before going to the store,” Cook explained.
While it is true that we have seen many applications infected with malware in the Play Store, the Apple store is not perfect. A recent report showed that nearly 2% of the 1,000 highest grossing iPhone apps are scams, and there was the case of an iPhone user losing $ 600,000 after downloading a fraudulent Bitcoin app from the App Store.
All phone users are warned about the dangers of downloading apps outside of their official stores. Google makes it easy by using the option to install “unknown apps”, and while the same is possible on iPhones, it requires a lot more work, such as jailbreaking or using developer tools.
Elsewhere in the interview, Cook suggested that the Apple Car was still in development. “In terms of a car,” said the CEO, “I have to keep secrets and there always has to be something up my sleeve.” He also suggested that reports of a future Apple Watch with a non-invasive, constant blood glucose monitoring feature are accurate.
h / t: Android Authority