Apple is worried about how inexpensive iPhone exploits are.

Apple is worried about how inexpensive iPhone exploits are.

Apple is still worried that users would pay a heavy price for the changes brought about by the Digital Markets Act.

It took a lot of work to safely enable the firm to allow applications to be downloaded and installed from sources other than the App Store, as mandated by the European Union.

Many further changes are in the works for users in the EU over the next year, and details are still being finalized based on developer feedback on the regulations.

Apple's data protection officer, Gary Davis, voiced this worry and outlined his thoughts on the dangers posed by the Digital Markets Act.

According to Davis, it might be less expensive to go after iPhone owners who make use of non-Apple marketplaces and payment methods.

"We are concerned that the costs of attacking the iOS operating system may decrease, due to these new potential ways to attack users," the Apple official stated, citing information from the whitepaper as well as personal experience. Alternative payment methods or marketplaces could be used for this, and we might witness previously unheard-of attacks. Developing an iOS exploit is still quite expensive. Our Security Lab team is working to drive up these expenses as much as possible to make it unfeasible for attackers to target iOS.

"We are concerned about this right now, and we are unsure of how it may progress," he continued. To keep users secure, we are presenting a page with more information for those who download applications from these unofficial sources.

Since it is outside of his area of expertise, Davis declined to comment on the financial prospects of the payment mechanism and the level of competition in the European Union's iPhone market.

According to an Apple executive, the Digital Markets Act may be beneficial for fostering competition, but it may also result in a decrease in securities.

User security may be the price of regulating market competitiveness, but time will tell if this is a problem or not because of the way compliance is carried out. Nevertheless, there is still concern that exploiting weaknesses will now be less expensive than in the past.

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