Apple explains why sideloading is harmful for you

Installing apps onto an Apple device is both an easy and a difficult experience. It’s easy to have everything in a single app store. Having a single hub for apps can make setting up a phone simple. However, the inability to install apps from outside sources (or sideloading) can leave more dedicated power users from customizing their phones even further. Though a single ecosystem can get on some people’s nerves, Apple has a simple reason why: It’s safer.

Currently, Apple does not allow sideloading. Users can’t access third-party stores or do direct downloads from outside sources. The only way to install third-party apps is to manually alter the device’s software.

In a recently published report, Apple bares the multiple ways that sideloading can harm users. The report persistently reiterates that allowing sideloading can circumvent the strict safety regulations that Apple has carefully instated for the App Store.

Malware often circulates around outside sources where regulations are often lax or even non-existent. In fact, Apple even states that the lax regulations are the reason why malware exists more prevalently on Android systems. The Google-developed operating system only uses prompts and warnings to discourage users from installing third-party apps but does not stop them from doing so. “In a recently published report, Apple bares the multiple ways that sideloading can harm users,” the Apple report states.

Further, Apple’s report states that allowing sideloading will also harm those that don’t participate in sideloading. For example, schools and offices that require sideloaded apps can potentially allow malware to be installed in a plethora of devices. In fact, a single user installing sideloaded malware can compromise an entire network. A child who isn’t familiar with the perils of sideloading can easily stumble upon a harmful app out in the wild.

As such, Apple will keep its stance against sideloading. If you need sideloaded apps, Android (and the vigilance to know dangerous apps) might be the better solution for you.

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