Well, there we have it. The Apple CEO has said it. If you want to sideload apps on a smartphone, buy an Android.
Speaking at The New York Times “DealBook” summit, Cook set out the battle lines:
“I think that people have that choice today, Andrew, if you want to sideload, you can buy an Android phone. That choice exists when you go into the carrier shop. If that is important to you, then you should buy an Android phone. From our point of view, it would be like if I were an automobile manufacturer telling [customers] not to put airbags and seat belts in the car. He would never think about doing this in today’s time. It’s just too risky to do that. And so, it would not be an iPhone if it didn’t maximize security and privacy.”
Putting aside the fact that the bulk of the automobile industry fought tooth and nail to not have to fit seatbelts and airbags, this is Apple flat out telling users who want the ability to sideload apps to buy an Android smartphone.
And this is happening at a time when there are a lot of legal and governmental eyes on Apple’s App Store practices,