We are reader supported. External links may earn us a commission.


Sideloading apps on iPhone not safe, Apple urges Senate to reject bill

By Sanuj Bhatia February 3, 2022, 3:15 am
apple app store logo Source: Pocketnow

Apple has once again urged that sideloading apps on iPhone isn't safe to the US government. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple's Senior Director of Government Affairs Timothy Powderly has written a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee highlighting the implications of allowing users to sideload apps on their iPhone.

In the letter, Powderly states that the bill will "hurt user privacy and security" if passed. It will "hurt competition and discourage innovation" and at the same time, it will make it "much harder" to protect the privacy and security of Apple devices in the US.

Sideloading would enable bad actors to evade Apple's privacy and security protections by distributing apps without critical privacy and security checks. These provisions would allow malware, scams and data-exploitation to proliferate.

[...] bills would mandate "sideloading," or the direct installation of software from the internet in a way that circumvents the privacy and security protections Apple has designed, including human review of every app and every app update.

— Timothy Powderly

For those of you who don't know, Senate is currently debating the Open Markets Act. If the bill is passed, it will allow Apple would lose control over iOS app distribution and will allow iPhone users to download apps from other places than the App Store. Apple wants to keep the iOS app distribution under its control so the Cupertino giant is putting forward points that the bill would hurt the privacy and security of iPhone users.


It's important to note that the same company allows Mac users to download and install apps from third-party websites on macOS. However, Apple wants to control how apps are distributed on iOS.

Source: Bloomberg | Via: MacRumors


Latest Articles


Here's how the Apple iPod changed the world in 21 years

iPod was an industry-changing device at its time, and it had a massive impact on modern smartphones, and the way we listen to music. We take a last look at the now-discontinued Apple iPod and the history it leaves behind.

By Roland Udvarlaki May 11, 2022, 10:00 am

How to use Mic Modes in VOIP and FaceTime Calls

This guide will go over the steps you need to follow to activate one of the available Mic Mode settings on Apple Devices to begin using the feature and improve your calling experience.

By Aryan Suren May 10, 2022, 10:00 am

This iPhone 14 feature might urge users to upgrade

Until now, it appeared that iPhone 14 would only be a minor upgrade over the iPhone 13 series. However, a new leak suggests that the iPhone 14 will come with one feature that might urge users to upgrade.

By Sanuj Bhatia May 9, 2022, 5:00 am