Comparing Apple's App Attest & Approov Mobile Attestation for iOS

What are the Limitations of Apple App Attest?


Apple's App Attest provides a basic level of app integrity verification, but it has several important limitations compared to Approov's more comprehensive mobile attestation platform:

  1. Limited device and OS support: App Attest is only available on iOS devices, while Approov provides unified attestation across iOS, Android (both GMS and non-GMS), and HarmonyOS.
  2. Reliance on Apple's infrastructure: App Attest relies on Apple's infrastructure and is dependent on features of the Apple App Store. This makes it less flexible and adaptable to evolving threats compared to Approov's cloud-based, platform-agnostic approach.
  3. Lack of runtime protection: App Attest only performs a one-time check at app initialization, while Approov provides continuous runtime application self-protection (RASP) to detect and mitigate evolving threats.
  4. Limited threat analytics: App Attest does not provide the real-time threat analytics and visibility into attack patterns that Approov's solution offers, which is crucial for understanding and defending against evolving threats.
  5. No API and communication channel protection: App Attest does not provide the dynamic API key and certificate management, or the API and communication channel protection that Approov offers to prevent API abuse and MitM attacks.

In summary, Approov's mobile attestation platform provides a more comprehensive, flexible, and future-proof solution for protecting your mobile application and API endpoints, compared to the limited capabilities of Apple's App Attest. Approov's cloud-based approach and continuous runtime protection make it a more robust choice for securing your mobile ecosystem.