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  1. @mdrockwell from my point of view, nothing that I would want to be able to do on my phone is worth the possible risk of loosing my personal data.

    I’d rather Apple keep tight control of eveything becuase I simply dont trust many other companies to do so. With that said the way the App store is run currently needs a drastic overhaul. The level of scammers that get away with things and the smaller developers being taken advatantage of doesn’t sit well with me.

    I am just not convinced that providing third party apps stores is a solution.

  2. @gr36 I mean, you can install software from anywhere on the Mac. And I keep much of the same data on my Mac as I do my iPhone. I think it would work like that — signed software and the App Store by default, but you can flip a switch to let you install from elsewhere.

    You could continue to only install software from the App Store if you’d like. It would just give developers a legit way to release software without the App Store. And users that want to use that software would have a legit way of doing so.

  3. @mdrockwell My complaint against the Android app system, which has always allowed side loading, is that the quality of apps is just abysmal. For all its faults, the QC of having to submit an app to Apple for approval guarantees (sort of) that apps have a starting line much further down the road than where most Android apps finish.

    That’s largely an aesthetic argument, though, and I do see how allowing side loading would be helpful. It could be helpful for Apple, too. Devs who want the exposure the App Store brings could be willing to pay Apple’s commission and devs that are willing to take on their own marketing could cut their costs.

  4. @mdrockwell @gpittman it’s a proximal cause at the very least. Pirating and ‘cracking’ apps is much easier, therefore less apps seem to sell. As such less dev time goes into them in general.

    Many people point to this as the a reason people spend less on Android but I am sure there are socioeconomic reasons for this difference too.

  5. @gpittman @mdrockwell Not just the Android app quality, but the security and lack of ongoing support for updates. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read about major malware issues in the Play Store. And phones stop receiving security updates far quicker than iOS/Apple.

  6. @peterimoore That’s true about the updates for the operating system. My iPhone 5 got a lot of versions and security updates back then. Google promises at least 3 years of Android updates for its Pixel series. I think that’s the most there is in this area.

    Apple offers higher quality apps. I can only confirm that as a switch from iOS to Android. But there are some really cool independent developers bringing brilliant apps to Android. They may not be as fancy sometimes, but they may be more than ingenious in terms of privacy and security.

  7. @ohBananaJoe just looked it up and it’s $699 USD, and you can get the iPhone 12 mini for the same price. In that case Google is twice the price if you need a new phone after 3 years. Obviously it would be different with higher end iPhones, and it seems there’s no Pixel XL now.

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