Apple vs. Epic Hearing Held And Now We Are Awaiting Verdict
The first impressive figure is simplethe number of developers signing up for iOS, a platform that launched 14 years ago. There are “27 million registered iOS developers who have agreed to abide by the Developer Agreement,” which means that approximately 0.33% of the world's population are iOS developers.
Obviously, this means a large number ofapplications, and “therefore, Apple is using - indeed, for the first time - rigorous manual review in an application review process involving approximately 500 Apple employees around the world.” Apple first uses machine validation to determine if an app is violating any App Store policies or uses private APIs, and the algorithm can also pass judgment on imitative or fraudulent apps (such as rejecting a Fortnite clone called Fortcraft).
The internals of App Review’s testing - quitefascinating! It seems like they create a trust score of your app based on a list of binary & metadata criteria, and then review what’s changed between versions pic.twitter.com/l8hNZ8X0Do
- Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) May 7, 2021
However, the human factor is very important becauseAlgorithms are dumb in principle: Apple gives an example of how a person instantly recognizes that a calculator application asking to use a camera is suspicious activity, while the machine verification process does not necessarily notice it. Therefore, each application is subject to human verification.
Perhaps there is an opinion that the App Store mayget anything you want, but this review process “results in rejection of about 40% of submitted applications. In most cases, applications that have software glitches or bugs, or that could compromise the privacy or security of users' data, are rejected. ” To give some idea of the extent of this process, in 2020 Apple rejected more than 150,000 apps for violating privacy rules.
As a result, iOS is one of the mostsecure platforms for users, which is Apple's key argument for its “closed garden” approach. “As a result of App Review's efforts and subsequent Apple processes, the number of malicious apps for iOS is significantly lower than for Android. In 2018, the iPhone platform accounted for just 0.85% of malware infections. By comparison, Android accounted for 47.15% and Windows / PC 35.82%. ”
Source: 9to5mac</ p>