Posted by: David Harley | February 16, 2018

Screenshots and sandboxes

John Gruber: The Threat to the Mac: The Growing Popularity of Non-Native Apps

Mac apps have been able to “see” the entire display ever since the Mac debuted. The Mac needs … the power for apps to shoot the user in the foot.

An example from the sandbox debate (also quoted by Gruber):

“Cocoa-based Mac apps are rapidly being eaten by web apps and Electron psuedo-desktop apps. For Mac apps to survive, they must capitalize on their strengths: superior performance, better system integration, better dev experience, more features, and higher general quality.

But the app sandbox strikes at all of those. In return it offers security inferior to a web app, as this post illustrates.”

The screenshot issue (from Felix Krause): Mac Privacy: Sandboxed Mac apps can record your screen at any time without you knowing

David Harley

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