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#2 "We have iMessage."
This is one of the most common statements I've heard, and it baffles me a bit. Of course, I send maybe ten text messages a month, so I'm not the target audience. If you dig into the comments here, you'll see a detailed, almost overblown discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of iMessage.
Android certainly has apps that bypass the pay-as-you-go SMS system, most notably Google Voice.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? I guess, if it makes you happy.
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#3 "Apple is less evil."
The gist of this boils down to one of two themes: "Google watches all your data to sell you ads," and "It's not Microsoft" (corollary: "It's not Google"). No doubt there are some issues of evil-itude from both Microsoft and Google, and yes, in return for free email, Google does scan email messages. They don't hide that fact. But Apple runs iAds, which also try to sell you stuff, most notably a whole lot of in-app purchases that no one really needs.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Nope. Here are three articles about Apple (and yes, they've reported improvements) that should show you the company is like every other big company (they even use the same manufacturers, in some cases):
- Is Apple's suicide factory outsourcing to even cheaper Chinese peasants?
- Apple may be poisoning Chinese workers and doesn't seem to care. Should we?
- iPhone/iPad worker factory housing
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#4 "99% of all malware is on Android."
Here, the Apple users have a point. I cited a lot of valid data in my webcast, Mobile Data Security: Why the Industry Must Improve…Or Else and even more in my Android security deep dive.
But, and this is a big but... most Android users who don't root their phones, don't download software outside of the Google Play store, and basically don't practice unsafe app usage are generally okay. Likewise, those iOS users who do root their phones are at risk.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Yeah, I'll give this to the Apple fans. Android is almost inevitably going to be more of a security challenge than Apple's more locked-down environment.
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