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While many argue that this issue is decided by branding and status, we believe the reasons go beyond swears by the convenience of a particular software system.

Android and iOS have been competing with each other for almost an eternity. Android and iOS both have a large user base and are constantly borrowing features from one other. This is one of the reasons why both operating systems are so difficult to compare. Despite their similarities, there is one with a more unique and secure interface.

While ordinary users appreciate and fancy one with no particular cause, professionals can resolve this dispute. If you ask tech lovers, they will genuinely admit that there are certain things that iOS or Android does better. Let's take a look at these differences.

What are the pros and cons of each?

Security updates

No one will argue that Android is not a kind of operating system that receives major updates over the years. Often, users have access to the current version of the software for literally a year or two, and that's it. If they also buy last year's model, they generally lose that pleasure when you install new firmware and discover it as if you have a new phone.

If we are to switch and compare Android smartphone updates with Apple's device updates, we will immediately see the difference. For example, the last iOS 14.4.2, it is a pure security update that fixes a critical security issue. Malicious attackers can often attempt to access your web content that eventually leads to universal cross site scripting. Apple quickly responds to news like that and creates a security update correspondingly. For the Android users, certain flaws or bugs would be fixed only after a year or two.

Nevertheless, it is necessary to remember that today’s level of malware on the iPhone devices is rising, which a company finds unacceptable. This can imply a great deal of insecurity for ordinary users. However, Epic Games argues new software installation policies connected with this issue are thoroughly reviewed on security mechanisms and keep all of us safe.

Open system

The Android operating system is made open to any application at the touch of a button. It provides you the opportunity to install any application and from anywhere you want to. It means that you don't have to wait for it to appear in the Google Play store. Downloading the installation file of the application will be just enough. The thing with Android devices is that its open system increases the risk of infection with viruses. On the other hand, there are cool benefits in the form of newly added features by developers and creators. Yet, they would normally be restricted by iOS.

On the contrary, iOS is closed source. Meaning that the unique features of the phones are fully protected by Apple patents. Updates are released centrally from the manufacturer and only for original iPhones. The system cannot be downloaded like Android allows you to do so. It is safe to claim it is definitely harder for hackers to compromise iOS.

Moreover, this security doubles when we talk about other gadgets of yours such as iPad or Macbook. Have you heard of the Apple ecosystem before? It is what makes your devices inseparable and protects them respectively.


If we are to compare Google play store or Apple app store, there is also something to be distinguished. So far, you have understood that Android is really flexible and welcoming to developers. On one hand, it is an advantage for them to get a brand new app in the market. On the other hand, the simplicity of arriving equals the opportunity to upload an app with defects, bugs or any violations of system integrity.

Apple is more reluctant to accept and upload apps to the Apple app store. At the end of the day, it is less frequent that you find an insecure and damaging app there. This signifies that iOS owners are more protected than the rest.

Encryption and data protection

Both OSes have quite a similar security policy. Each device is initially encrypted and the protection is maintained with the use of a single key (the user’s device password).

Now you wonder what does iOS have to offer? It has a full encryption and passcode to secure a mobile device in one step too. Yet, there is one piece that Android users seem to be lacking. iOS devices are additionally encrypted in a way that makes items downloaded or stored on the phone inaccessible to anyone without the device’s passcode. This lets Apple request more information to unlock data stored within the device.

If the device is lost or stolen, or if an unauthorized person hacks, modifies or uses it, the architecture of encryption protects user data.

Writing software and encryption that integrates with a device can be tricky. Luckily, reviews of companies save time and energy of Android/ iOS creators, so they can focus on more important things and grant us improved security.


iOS is better in terms of security than Android and it is not even under debate. The general consensus still gives Apple an upper hand. iOS has more consistent updates across all devices, a closed ecosystem that's harder to penetrate, and a stricter app store. All of these factors combine making it harder to hack iOS users. But, we each make our own informed choice. So, decision of who is the winner is yours.

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  • Nikolay Kryuchkov Reply

    Greetings to the respected author. I live in Russia, and I can say with confidence that the iPhone certainly has a higher degree of security than Android BUT! My iPhone 6s was jailbroken without too much trouble, jailbroken so that no system responded. Apple (no matter how many calls) still claims that everything is in order with my device. All the hackers needed to hack: my phone number, hack home WiFi (as you know, this is not a problem at all) and Linux! It's in the bag!) There is a lot of information on the Internet about this. And Windows)))) is another story for a laugh. Microsoft issued security certificates to two utilities that work under Linux, which allows knowledgeable guys to log into any computer at the kernel level, even in SecurityBoot.

    Jul 08, 2021 at 11:22 AM

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