Apple claims that they need the App Store to ensure that iOS devices are safe. The company claims that sideloading, or installing apps from other sources, is dangerous. Yet this is what we have always done on the Mac. We take a deep dive into the pros and cons of sideloading on iPhones and iPads.
- We need app store competition, not Apple’s 1960s-style paternalistic monopoly
- Apple would be forced to allow sideloading and third-party app stores under new EU law
- Building a Trusted Ecosystem for Millions of Apps: A threat analysis of sideloading (Apple white paper)