Apple Encourages Developers to Use iOS 14's New App Attest API to Protect Against Security Threats

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Apple in iOS 14 added a new App Attest API to the DeviceCheck feature that helps keep iOS apps secure. Apple today sent out a reminder to developers, letting them know about the new API.

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App Attest is designed to reduce fraudulent app use, generating a cryptographic key on a device to verify app integrity before the server provides access, which will help cut down on hacked apps and apps that are sideloaded and modified through jailbreak tweaks.

Part of the DeviceCheck services, the new App Attest API helps protect against security threats to your apps on ‌iOS 14‌ or later, reducing fraudulent use of your services. With App Attest, you can generate a special cryptographic key on a device and use it to validate the integrity of your app before your server provides access to sensitive data.

Apple also shared developer documentation on implementing the App Attest API for developers that are interested. Apple has had a DeviceCheck feature to eliminate hacked apps and app fraud, but App Attest is new, will be more widely adopted, and should help further protect developers from supporting invalid versions of their apps.

Top Rated Comments

4jasontv Avatar
24 weeks ago
If Apple truly can secure an App so that it can't be hacked, than it would be nice to see the option to resell apps you no longer want. Since Apple can confirm it's a legit copy, and they can ensure the original owner no longer has access, it shouldn't be difficult to introduce a safe, used marketplace.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jav6454 Avatar
24 weeks ago
Another example of the "overreaching walled garden" /S
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lolkthxbai Avatar
24 weeks ago


How is this overreaching?

This simply allows an app developer who provides services via a server to ensure that the app that is communicating with the server hasn’t been hacked (for example to steal credentials, bypass server security, etc.)

it’s sarcasm, noted by the /S
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nattK Avatar
24 weeks ago


Yeah get all the devs to update their apps to require iOS 14 to kill off the iPhone 6S

The iPhone 6s can run iOS 14 what are you talking about
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
24 weeks ago


Exactly.. You've purchased a personal license to use which can't be sold off.

Exactly. We need to find a solution for that concept.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tedwill Avatar
24 weeks ago
This is a great idea. I hope all the other platforms - Windows, Linux, Android OS and others adopt this strategy.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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