Apple has defended its position on the restriction of app sideloading in light of current EU discussions surrounding competition in the tech space.
On Wednesday, the iPad and iPhone maker published a new paper (.PDF) on sideloading, a process allowed by other mobile OS developers — such as Google, albeit with some friction — to install apps on devices outside of official app repositories.
Sideloading can be useful when users want access to software that is not available in official stores. Users may want to install apps that have been discontinued or when newer versions are not compatible with an existing handset, or for whatever reason — such as legal battles — an app has been pulled from an official source.
However, there are caveats to this practice. If you bypass an official store such as Google Play, Apple’s App Store, or the Microsoft Store, you may be missing out on the security protections and verification in place for an app to be hosted, and, therefore, you may be exposing yourself to mobile malware.
In June, Apple chief executive Tim Cook claimed that sideloading was not in the best interests of Apple product users, and reviewing all apps introduced into the