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MacBytes
Nov 23, 2009, 06:48 AM
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supmango
Nov 23, 2009, 08:21 AM
People complain about the app store approval process, yet this seems to indicate that the process exists for good reason. And even if one or two malware apps make it to mainstream (after which Apple would quickly tighten up the approval process once again), it will still be light years ahead of any platform developed by Microsoft.

rekhyt
Nov 23, 2009, 08:27 AM
People complain about the app store approval process, yet this seems to indicate that the process exists for good reason. And even if one or two malware apps make it to mainstream (after which Apple would quickly tighten up the approval process once again), it will still be light years ahead of any platform developed by Microsoft.

Well said. The iPhone OS reflects upon Mac OS X's style of permissions. Unlike Windows' UAC, which even though you authenticate problems will still exist and happen, Mac's like "type in your password" will actually do the job.

Type it in, install a game, no problem. Or an app. No problem running them.

jayducharme
Nov 23, 2009, 09:35 AM
And of course it's important to remember that none of the problems yet have occurred on standard iPhones. The article's title is misleading, implying that anyone who buys and legitimately activates an iPhone is in danger.

Also, I wouldn't call two incidences "overdrive." The iPhone -- even jailbroken -- has been around three years. If it was such a risky platform to begin with, why has it taken so long?

SPUY767
Nov 23, 2009, 08:29 PM
NEWS FLASH: People who are reckless enough to void the warranty on their 500$ smart phone are also reckless enough to install questionable items on their iPhone.

Shunnabunich
Nov 24, 2009, 11:46 AM
An IT blog er, sorry, news site pounces on the faintest opportunity to spread mindless FUD about Apple platforms? Say it ain't so!

They also conspicuously omit any mention of the fact that jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches are not even vulnerable to such worms unless the user goes the extra mile of installing SSH support, ignoring the warnings telling them to change their password (and instructions for doing so, easily accessible from the front page of Cydia), and leaving the service enabled all the time. But then, that wouldn't make for scintillating (or, more correctly, titillating) news stories.

Further, I think there are a fair few software developers who might disagree with the portrayal of the App Store as a "Wild West" free-for-all, considering Apple's completely broken and nonsensical disapproval process.