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  • Side-loading is a gold rush for cybercriminals, says Craig Federighi

    The danger is when developers decide not to put their apps in the App Store, forcing you to side load from the web. 

    gatorguy said:
    An app from Apple's AppStore will be just as secure and malware-free as it is now whether 3rd party stores/sideloading is permitted or not. It changes nothing for an iPhone owner who uses only the first-party store. 

    No one is saying Apple needs to make it as easy to sideload as not. FWIW Google makes it fairly difficult to do so now, so even if it can be done they definitely strongly discourage it with change settings in an obscure place most people would never see. Allowing a user choice of what applications to load on their own personal $1000 expenditure puts the onus where it belongs. The only legitimate reason not to is purely profit-based and not because they're "saving us from ourselves". 

    We buy homes and add furniture we choose from whatever source we wish, no payment to the architect or the builder. We buy cars and change out the audio, headlights, sourced from wherever we wish, no permission required from the auto manufacturer or fee to be paid.  We buy computers and laptops and add programs from any developer we wish, no stipend needs to be paid to the computer vendor or manufacturer. But we buy a smartphone and can only add applications that the provider further profits from and/or offers themselves?

    EDIT: As I said, it's not a simple thing to sideload on Android now. It requires more than a bit of familiarity with the system structure and so not something Cesar's grandmas and aunts would accidentally do.

    Pull down from the top and tap Settings. Then nestled among a dozen or so main collections from Security (which is where I would have expected it to be) to Privacy to System, go to Apps. where you're presented with all your recently opened ones and an option to see all of them. Nothing there indicates anything about outside sources or 3rd party stores or anything else. Where they've hidden it is in yet another sub-menu; Special App Access. Even there you won't find it on the first page of options.

    Down near the bottom if you scroll far enough will be "Install unknown apps", a disconcerting title.  Now tapping that makes it even more difficult because you then are offered several different categories of personal devices, products, files and browsers where you will choose to allow it, but which one?? By default they are all disallowed.  Yup, daunting for someone with little knowldege.

    Apple can do the same, make it pretty darn hard, in fact near impossible, for mom, pop and that great aunt to accidentally load an app that comes from an unsafe place. Only the knowledgeable will be able to do so.

  • Chinese students sue Apple over not including chargers with iPhones

    Apple should have just said “We will sell you an iPhone for $1020. Alternatively you can save $20 by opting for a phone without the charger.”

  • Tesla's Elon Musk backs Epic, calls App Store fees a 'de facto global tax'

    crosslad said:
    But hypocritical coming from someone who made a fortune with PayPal.

    Paypal was the first major effort into FinTech which is revolutionizing the financial industry.   That's what Musk does.

    Paypal still takes a cut of every payment made, which is what he is accusing Apple of. 

  • Google teases Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro with new Tensor AI chip

    avon b7 said:
    Who thinks these look good? They almost have a retro feeling to them. Modern? Futuristic? No.

    And case makers will have a fun time wrapping around that bar.
    I think they look very ugly. Like something from a faded 70's sci-fi film.


    There will be no camera bump wobble for those who dislike that, and once encased in your favourite case, could look much more modern. 
    And put a case on an iPhone and there is no camera bump wobble. 
  • Tesla's Elon Musk backs Epic, calls App Store fees a 'de facto global tax'

    But hypocritical coming from someone who made a fortune with PayPal.