Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Dreamforce 2019 conference in San Francisco on November 19, 2019.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said he believes a proposed EU law known as DMA would “not be in the best interests of users,” signaling the iPhone maker’s opposition to EU law that would require allowing users to install software outside of Apple’s App Store.
“I’m looking at the tech regulation being discussed, I think there are some good parts. And I think some parts are not in the best interests of the user,” Cook said Wednesday via video conference to Viva Tech. . conference in France.
The European Union has proposed two laws regulating big tech companies, the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, earlier this year. DSA focuses on the online advertising industry, but DMA focuses on companies with large numbers of customers, such as Apple, Google and Amazon – and sets rules obliging them to open their platforms to competitors.
One of Cook’s problems with the law is that it would force Apple to allow apps to be downloaded on the iPhone, which manually installs software from the internet or from a file instead of through a store. ‘applications. Currently, the Apple App Store is the only way to install apps on an iPhone, which has made it the focus of lawsuits and regulators around the world. Apple has claimed that its control over the App Store ensures high-quality apps and helps prevent malware.
Cook noted that the iPhone’s market share in France is only 23% and said allowing sideloading on iPhones would hurt both user privacy and safety, citing an increase malware on Android phones compared to iPhones. Google’s Android allows sideloading.
“If you take an example where I don’t think it’s in the best interest, that the current DMA language that is being discussed would force sideload on the iPhone,” Cook said. “And so that would be another way to get apps on the iPhone, because we’re looking at this, which would destroy the security of the iPhone.”
Cook said Apple would participate in the debate over the proposed regulation, and said he believed parts of the DSA were “correct,” citing that it would regulate platforms with misinformation issues such as the hesitation about vaccines.
During Wednesday’s 30-minute session, Cook was asked about upcoming products like the Apple Car, which he has long talked about, which he declined to discuss, saying he would keep it a secret. “There always has to be something up our sleeve,” Cook said.
Cook also said that Apple launches a lot of projects that fail and never get shipped.
“We allow ourselves to fail. We try to fail internally, rather than externally, because we don’t want to involve customers in the failure. But we develop things and then decide not to ship. . We start to go down a certain path and sometimes adjust in a meaningful way because of the discovery we make in this process. “
He added, “Failure is a part of life, whether you are a new start-up or a business that has been around for a while. If you don’t fail, you aren’t trying enough different things.
However, Cook hinted at an augmented reality product in the future. Apple is working on virtual reality and AR headsets in its technology development group.
“We first worked with AR with our phones and iPads, and later on we’ll see where that goes in terms of products,” Cook said.