“Android has 47 times more malware than iOS does”, said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, in an interview with Brut. Cook talked about multiple things ranging from company values, regulation and most importantly privacy as well.
“It’s because we’ve designed iOS in such a way that there’s one App Store and all of the apps are reviewed prior to going on the store. And that keeps a lot of this malware stuff out of our eco-system and our customers have told us continuously how much they value that.”Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
According to Apple, having full control over the App Store is a way to provide high-quality apps to users, as well as prevent users from downloading unwanted apps from outside of it. With App Store restrictions, malware cannot enter the system, whereas Android allows anything to be installed from external sources.
Cook also stated that the DMA rules for digital platforms would not be in the best interests of users. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) and the Digital Services Act (DSA) propose new rules aimed at regulating the big tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft who have monopoly over the market. This law aims to foster a fair and competitive business environment for individuals and enterprises.
Cook also expressed his disapproval of side-loading apps which at the moment, Apple does not allow. He states that these laws would force Apple to allow side-loading of apps and goes on to say that would destroy the security on the iPhone and privacy initiatives that the company has built on the App Store.
At the end of the interview, he also talked about future products from Apple using the AI and AR technologies. He states that he is very “Excited” about integrating these technologies into their products as it will “Enrich” people’s lives. He declined to comment on Apple’s upcoming products in the near future.