Apple’s iPhone and iPad are getting creamed by Android in the marketplace these days. Not only is Apple losing the marketshare battle to a growing deluge of Android-based smartphones and tablets, the company cannot keep up with Google’s free OS in the most important category.
Malware. Google’s Android OS– often referred to as the OS of Our Lady of Perpetual Theft, Perpetual Beta, and Perpetual Malware– has a complete lockdown on all that ails a smartphone and tablet user. Malware. Apple cannot keep up.
The Company We Keep
The people responsible for tracking malware have targeted Android as the heir apparent to Windows’ long running malware addiction.
Symantec’s latest annual malware report fingers Android OS for nearly all the malware available for mobile devices, and states categorically that nearly one in five Android apps really is little more than malware in disguise.
Uh oh. Android leads in yet another category where Apple fails. How does Apple’s iPhone and iPad fare in the battle for malware supremacy?
Not so well.
Two years ago Symantec found three apps in the iTunes App Store which were also infected with malware. Last year it found zero. Apple clearly has much work to do if it wants to catch up to Android OS and become a competing toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities.
Every week or two we’re treated to headlines and stories regarding vulnerabilities in Apple’s OS X for Mac and iOS for iPhone and iPad. Unfortunately for Apple, a vulnerability does not an exploit make.
Despite being tagged by hackers, technorati elite, and the usual crowd of Apple naysayers, as being less secure than Windows, Linux, or Android, OS X and iOS remain at the bottom of the list for actual exploits and resulting malware.
Apple is to blame for this situation, folks.
The company insists upon curating apps on the Mac App Store and iTunes App Store rather than worry much about vulnerabilities which may exist at the operating system level but don’t have corresponding exploits. Apple seems blindly focused on three aspects of making computing devices for the masses– 1) usability, durability, and value, 2) overall user security and privacy, and, 3) profitshare.
It’s exactly that kind of cavalier attitude which prevents Apple from attaining a worthwhile marketshare in total units of each product sold, and any meaningful marketshare for malware applications.