@blair I think that's a false dichotomy. Apple has many reasons to regulate their store, most having nothing to do with security.
Did you know you can't publish games that have "politics" in Apple's store, with "politics" meaning whatever is convenient at the moment for Apple?
@jaranta It's not a false dichotomy. The WHOLE point is one of safety and security. Google refuses to review apps and try to exert even minimal oversight -- they will remove things, but not prevent viruses and trojans.
The only reason we have app stores today, and widespread use of apps on phones, is because Apple was autocratic in what could be published. Did you use a Treo before that? "I want to install this app, but if I do, my phone may stop working reliably!"
@jaranta And, I'm very aware of the limitations of the app store, having been subjected to them myself.
- My (small consulting company) I had an app removed after a Canadian company claimed -- falsely -- that we were using their trademark).
- My students built and wanted to publish a game teaching middle schoolers about safe sex and proper condom use. No chance that could get published.
- Our AR web browser (Argon) is rate 17+ because it let's you visit the web
- etc etc
@jaranta I fully understand the desires and frustrations of companies writing iOS apps. And I am not a fan of some of Apple's policies. I think they are too capricious at times, and take too big a slice in many cases.
But, without their dictatorial control, the environment wouldn't exist to complain about.
(I would never use Android for these and other -- Google -- reasons.)
@jaranta (oh, and to be fair, I acknowledge that "completely refuses" is an overstatement, a more accurate one might be "does minimal review that is easily circumvented")