iPhone boss says Android is littered with dangerous malware

Tim Cook has called out the dangerous amount of malware on Android phones (Getty)
Tim Cook has called out the dangerous amount of malware on Android phones (Getty)

Apple boss Tim Cook has taken a swipe at the company’s main rival to the iPhone, suggesting Android phones are littered with malware.

During an interview this week, the 60-year-old CEO of Apple was discussing privacy and security on mobile phones.

Getting in a dig at rival Google, which makes Android, Cook said there was almost 50 times more malware on the competing platform.

‘Android has 47 times more malware than iOS does,’ Cook said over a video call to the VivaTech conference, one of Europe’s biggest startup events.

‘Why is that? It’s because we’ve designed iOS in such a way that there’s one ‌App Store‌ and all of the apps are reviewed prior to going on the store.

‘That keeps a lot of this malware stuff out of our ecosystem.’

Apple holds complete control over its mobile operating system, and will not allow users to install apps other than through the App Store.

While this gives Apple more power to enforce stricter security measures, it also lets the tech giant take a 30% cut of all purchases made through apps hosted on the App Store.

This is what led Fortnite-maker Epic Games to launch a high-profile lawsuit against the company.

Cook discussed privacy at length during the 30-minute interview, and expressed his support for the EU’s GDPR law that governs data protection.

‘We’ve been focused on privacy for over a decade. We see it as a basic human right,’ Cook said.

‘Steve used to say privacy was stating in plain language what people are signing up for and getting their permission.

‘And that permission should be asked repeatedly. We’ve always tried to live up to that.’

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