Tim Cook has claimed in an interview with Brut (above) that if Apple was forced to allow sideloading of apps, as Android does, it would destroy security and privacy of iOS.

With all due respect, no. Phones in the Google ecosystem are automatically defaulted to the Google Play store. Those who wish to sideload an app (download an app from another source) must explicitly confirm the download and grant permissions to the operating system of their device. In other words, Android sideloaders are well aware of the risks, as are iPhone jailbreakers (the term for people who sideload on iOS devices).

Security threats are certainly diminished if everyone obeys the restrictions of their respective device manufacturers, but call it what it is: Apple prison. It’s a beautiful prison, but a prison nonetheless. Apparently, Mr. Cook is doing everything he can to keep you inside.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the host of the Shelly Palmer #strategyhacker livestream and co-host of Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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