Even Apple Thinks Its App Store Is Insecure

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As the legal battle between Apple and Epic Games continues, a question about the quality of security has been thrown over the iOS App Store. According to Financial Times, a senior engineer from Apple has made unflattering comparisons to illustrate the low security level of the App Store.

The engineer, Eric Friedman, is the head of Apple’s Fraud Engineering and Risk (Fear) unit. Friedman compared the security measures faced by new apps arriving to Apple’s App Store as “more like the pretty lady who greets you . . . at the Hawaiian airport than the drug-sniffing dog”

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In Epic’s lawsuit against Apple, the gaming company is attacking Apple’s 30% revenue split with app developers. Apple’s primary defense at the moment is that it uses the 30% to ensure security and curation of apps and games on the App Store. Apple’s own engineer talking about security issues on the App Store certainly puts quite a dent in Apple’s defense.

Epic is currently arguing that Apple has “no evidence” that it is successfully screening new apps for “security issues better than other methods of app distribution”. Apple, on the other hand, is using security as the primary reason for why it disallows third-party payment tools for in-app purchases in iOS apps.

Apple has also stated that while there is definitely the occasional malware that makes its way on to the App Store, the iPhone accounts for just 0.85% of malware infections, according to data from 2018. Android, on the other hand, accounted for 47.2%, and Windows accounted for 35.8%, according to the same data. This brings Apple’s claims that the App Store is “significantly safer” than its contemporaries on Android.

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