Tim Cook is not a fan of side-loading apps on the iPhone.
The Apple CEO sat down with Guillaume Lacroix, the CEO of Brut., For an interview during the Europa Viva Technology kick-off event. The interview was extensive and covered safety, privacy, workplace culture, and future products.
Part of the discussion concerned the European Digital Markets Act, which proposed legislation that could force Apple to allow side loading of applications on the iPhone. Cook opposed the legislation and bias in general, saying it would cause significant harm to both privacy and security.
“I mean, you look at malware as an example, and Android has 47 times more malware than iOS. Why? It’s because we designed iOS in such a way that there is an App Store and all apps are checked before going to the store. That keeps a lot of this malware stuff out of our ecosystem. Customers have continually told us how much they value that. So we’re going to stand up for the user in discussions and see where it goes. “
When asked about possible future products, Cook was, of course, very secretive and did not reveal anything in detail: Apple is known for its secrecy about unreleased products. However, the CEO did make a reference to a potential augmented reality product outside of the iPhone and iPad.
“We’ve been working with AR first with our phones and iPads, and then we’ll see where that goes in terms of products … I’m excited about AR because I see it as a technology that can improve life.”
One big rumor is that Apple is working on both an augmented reality headset and virtual reality. Apple’s AR headphones could launch as early as the second quarter of 2022, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
You can watch the full interview between Cook and Lacroix below: