Apple boss reveals why iPhone system is better than Android
Apple President Tim Cook conducted a thorough search of operating systems to conclude that Google’s Android operating system is full of deceptive software.
In an interview at the recent VivaTech virtual conference, Cook said Android has malware about 50 times more malware than iOS, the operating system that operates iPhones, and noted that the gap is due to apple’s strong protection to protect its users from hackers.
« Android has 47 times more malware than IOS, » Cook said at Viva Tech, one of Europe’s largest startup and technology conferences.
« Why is that? Because we designed iOS in a way that makes there one app store and all apps are reviewed before moving to the store, » he said, adding that « this keeps a lot of those malware out of our ecosystem. »
What’s the opposite of this protection?
Asked by host Guillaume Lacrox, CEO and founder of French short video platform provider Brut about his view of increasing Regulatory Scrutiny of Apple from U.S. and EU lawmakers and judges, Cook said, « There is particular concern about the fact that Apple’s strictly controlled ecosystem forces users to download apps through the company’s app store. »
This allows the tech giant to make up to 30% discounts on app purchases, which have recently prompted Apple to file a major lawsuit.
One proposed solution is to force Apple to enable « side download, » a process by which users can download apps directly from the web without going back to the Apple Store.
This is an option for Android mobile users, but not iPhones. It does not provide protection provided by anti-malware systems in app stores.
Cook’s suggestion was that the side load would lead to more malware appearing on the iOS, just as it happens on Android.
The half-hour interview covered Apple’s attitude toward privacy and also touched on Cook’s predecessor, Steve Jobs.
« We’ve focused on privacy for over a decade, » Cook said. « Steve used to say that privacy provides in clear language what people share and get permission to use, and that permission should be requested over and over again. » We have always tried to abide by that. »
Keeping malware away from app stores is an ongoing battle for Apple and Google, and the two companies have a variety of tests to prevent dodgy apps from accessing their stores, which are employed by millions round the world.
Google says its machine learning systems have banned more than 962,000 suspicious apps from listing in the Play store in the past year alone.
However, tens of thousands continue to infiltrate corporate networks each year.
Malicious applications can steal the personal information of their users and even make unauthorized purchases that result in the theft of bank accounts of unintentional victims.
They are often disguised as legitimate applications, such as games or QR code readers, to avoid being detected by intermediaries.
Web security company Malwarebytes says it finds nearly 200,000 malware-affected cases on its customers’ devices every month.