Apple’s head of security speaks out against iPhone app sideloading in new interview | Technology

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A new report from The Independent this weekend offers an interesting look at why and how Apple is “working hard to break into its own iPhones.” Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of security engineering and architecture, spoke to The Independent for the report and explained why Apple feels the need to invest so heavily in security.

Notably, Krstić also addressed the possibility of Apple opening up the iPhone to third-party app stores and sideloading due to impending regulation in the European Union.

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One of the most common arguments in support of sideloading is that the vast majority of iPhone users would still choose to use the App Store. Sideloading would simply be presented as a separate choice for those who chose to take advantage of it. Krstić, however, believes that’s a “great misunderstanding.”

“That’s a great misunderstanding – and one we have tried to explain over and over. The reality of what the alternative distribution requirements enable is that software that users in Europe need to use – sometimes business software, other times personal software, social software, things that they want to use – may only be available outside of the store, alternatively…

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