Apple does not go there by 4 paths. The Californian firm openly recommends that users who absolutely want to install apps on alternative stores or through an APK buy an Android smartphone rather than an iPhone.
As part of a conference organized by the New York Times, Tim Cook, the current CEO of Apple, referred to the operating model of iOS. Unlike Android, iOS does not allow iPhone users to install apps outside of the App Store. It is not possible to go through an alternative store or install APK files.
For Apple, the iOS model is much more secure than that of Android. For Tim Cook, the ban on side loading (the ability to install applications outside the App Store) promotes user security and privacy. A few days ago, Craig Federighi, its vice-president in charge of software, agreed. He assured that installing apps outside the App Store is a danger and a gateway for hackers and malware.
For Tim Cook, users who absolutely want to install apps on alternative stores simply do not have no need to buy an iPhone. “People have a choice today. If you want to sideload, you can buy an Android phone. This choice exists when you go to a store or to your operator. If it's important to you, then you should buy an Android phone,” recommends Tim Cook.
To justify Apple's point of view, the company executive has compared sideloading to a car without airbags and seat belts. “It would be like me being a car manufacturer telling a customer that it's best not to put airbags and seat belts in my car. He would never think of doing that today. It's just too risky to do that”, explains the CEO of the firm. Afterwards, he recalled that iOS offers better security than Android.
During the conference, Tim Cook also revealed his interest in cryptocurrencies. The Apple boss personally owns Bitcoin and Ethereum and is very interested in the subject.