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Apr 12, 2001

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will on Thursday consider the Open App Markets Act, an antitrust bill that would allow for sideloading and alternate app stores.


Ahead of the meeting, Apple's head of government affairs in the Americas Tim Powderly sent a letter to committee members, urging them to reject the bill, reports Bloomberg. Powderly repeated a privacy and security argument that Apple executives have made many times before about the dangers of sideloading.
Sideloading would enable bad actors to evade Apple's privacy and security protections by distributing apps without critical privacy and security checks. These provisions would allow malware, scams and data-exploitation to proliferate.
He also said that Apple is "deeply concerned" that the legislation in its current form would also "make it easier for big social media platforms to avoid the pro-consumer practices of Apple's App Store."

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee already discussed the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, another antitrust bill introduced in June 2021, which Apple also spoke out against. Despite Apple's protests, the bill was approved and will move on to the Senate floor for a vote. It is likely that the Open App Markets Act will join it.

Article Link: Sideloading Bill Would Allow 'Malware, Scams and Data-Exploitation to Proliferate,' Says Apple
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macrumors 601
May 14, 2012
You can’t even side load apps purchased in their App Store if it’s not in there now with configurator. o_O
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macrumors 68000
Jul 18, 2002
I'm for the market deciding these things, not Congress. It would be like forcing property owners to rent space to merchants they may not want in their mall/shopping center. Imagine an adult toy popup store in a mall parking lot.

That said,
Apple could easily do this by creating on iOS/iPadOS this same panel that exists on macOS, with the App Store set to on by default.

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Edit: Upon reflection the first part of what I wrote isn't an appropriate analogy. I just loathe the threats that Congress will do something because the Congress right now sucks.
I think back on November 2021. Craig Federighi (SVP) said the same thing about Sideloading how it's going to open the floodgates to the Malware.

If Sideloading opens up. Can you imagine how easily cyber criminals will target the system? It will give them full access. Hoping for the win for Apple. Keep it closed.


macrumors 68020
Apr 19, 2010
What Apple says is true -- for any OS. It is undeniable. However, there are still reasons why people would want to sideload.

But usually what makes the situation frustrating is that the lawmakers do not understand technology even to the level of high school kids. They do not grasp the facts and reasonings from all sides when they make decisions. And then businesses and consumers will have to live with what they decide.
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macrumors 68020
Jun 9, 2013
This is such a tough situation to be in. On one hand restricting control isn’t ideal (unless you have ulterior motives and don’t start crying at me about profit, Apple is a for profit corporation). On the other hand, they’re reputation will be made or totally destroyed over this decision, as well as revealing how hypocritical they are as a company (if at all). It’s far from an easy decision and has to be done carefully.


macrumors 601
May 14, 2012
If Apple is forced to open it then they can force 3rd party developers to use other coding applications instead of Apple’s Xcode and Swift and online compiling servers. Developers will have to build their own compilers and debuggers. Then those who side load apps will experience awful code and crashes and then stay away from 3rd party app stores.

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macrumors Westmere
Jul 12, 2016
I already have to spend enough time helping my family with their tech devices. I can’t imagine what would happen if this closed system opened up.
Yup. Complete chaos.

Just imagine the unknowing consumers that have no idea what ‘side-loading’ is and the ramifications behind it. But then again, would they really care? (That’s rhetorical.)
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