Apple's Federighi Throws macOS Under The Bus To Promote iOS' Secure Walled Garden
As a quick refresher, back in August of 2020, Apple kicked Fortnite and subsequently Epic Games out of the App Store for some admittedly deceptive practices. In short, Epic changed Fortnite by adding its own payment system to the game after it was already approved for the App Store. This would have allowed Epic to circumvent Apple’s 30% cut of app profits and monolithic ecosystem. However, Apple was quite obviously not keen on this idea and, over time, blew up into the events that are taking place now.
Judge Rogers: There are multiple stores on the Mac. So, if that can happen on the Mac, why should we not allow the same stores to exist on the phone?While this may be viewed as a win in court against Epic Games and its stance, this is certainly something Apple did not want to have to admit. For many years, Apple has rallied around the fact that Macs are “safer,” but the company’s façade has begun to crumble. Of course, this is a problem they are likely heavily invested in trying to solve, but not one that needed to be known publicly.
Craig Federighi: Yeah, it’s certainly how we’ve done it on the Mac and it’s regularly exploited on the Mac. iOS has established a dramatically higher bar for customer protection. The Mac is not meeting that bar today. And that’s despite the fact that Mac users inherently download less software and are subject to a way less economically motivated attacker base. If you took Mac security techniques and applied them to the iOS ecosystem, with all those devices, all that value, it would get run over to a degree dramatically worse than is already happening on the Mac. And as I say, today, we have a level of malware on the Mac that we don’t find acceptable and is much worse than iOS. Put that same situation in place for iOS and it would be a very bad situation for our customers
Whatever ends up happening with the trial, it will be interesting to see what Apple does for PR to respond to this dirty laundry that has now been aired. Moreover, we look forward to seeing Tim Cook take the stand as well, so stay tuned to HotHardware for updates and let us know what you think of all of this in the comments below.