APPLE REPORTEDLY is yanking 'misleading' anti-virus apps from the iOS App Store, in a bid to prevent customers from believing iPhones and iPads are capable of falling victim to viruses and malware.
That's according to a report at MacRumours, which has heard from Intego, a company that produces anti-virus software for Mac and iOS, that it recently had its VirusBarrier iOS app withdrawn after sitting pretty in the App Store for four-and-a-half years.
The app is designed to scan external files stored in the cloud or attached to emails for viruses that might be sent on to vulnerable devices.
Jeff Arwin, CEO of Intego, announced the removal of the VirusBarrier app this week, and suggested the cull is part of a wider move on Apple's part to completely rid the App Store of anti-virus software.
Erwin said in a blog post: "Apple has elected to eliminate the category of anti-virus and anti-malware products from their iOS App Store. As a result of this decision, our product VirusBarrier iOS is no longer available for sale.
"We apologize but will no longer be able to provide product updates to our VirusBarrier iOS customers as updates could only be provided through the App Store.
"To be clear, this wasn’t an action directed specifically at Intego, we were one of several companies affected by Apple's decision."
Speaking to MacRumours, Erwin elaborated, saying that Apple told him the app's App Store description was 'misleading' and could potentially cause customers to believe that there are viruses on iOS.
"I sort of get Apple's point," he added.
"Even as clear as we were about what our product did, there were still customers who were confused as to why the app was scanning their iPad or iPhone.
"There are a lot of people who don't have a tech background and don't understand."
Apple has yet to comment on the report.
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