Microsoft has confirmed it is working with the company’s security division on a “new” iOS security app that will offer the same level of protection as Windows Defender, the company said.
The iPhone-like app, codenamed FullySecure, was announced during a press conference on Tuesday.
It will be available for iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5s Plus models, and will run on the Apple operating system.
It will be the first iOS security software to work with iOS 5.1, which will arrive on September 18.
Microsoft has not yet confirmed if the Fulsec will be compatible with Windows Defender.
Windows Defender is Microsoft’s default antivirus software, which is widely regarded as a more effective and secure alternative to the more popular Windows Defender Enterprise Security Edition (WESA) and the Microsoft Antivirus Ultimate Edition (MICEA).
It is the most widely used and secure software in the Windows ecosystem and is supported by more than 100 security providers, including Microsoft, Symantec, Symax, and Kaspersky Lab.
FULLSCREENSHOT Filling the iPhone 5-like FullySecured app with the same features found in Windows Defender is a huge win for Apple, which has seen the iPhone’s popularity rise in recent years.
Since iOS 5 launched in 2013, more than 500 million devices have been updated to the new OS, making it the most popular iOS operating system ever.
Apple’s decision to include fullscreen and double-tap to dismiss notifications in the iOS security update will also help protect users from potentially malicious apps and malware.
But Apple has previously had to deal with security threats from third-party software and malware that use Windows Defender to spy on users.
Earlier this year, a new malware strain dubbed XBMC and dubbed Echo-1 threatened to install itself on millions of iPhones by infecting the iPhone with malicious apps.
In response to the Echo 1 threat, Apple removed the iOS version of Windows Defender from the App Store.
A spokeswoman for Microsoft, which owns the Windows-based Windows Phone operating system, told TechCrunch that “Apple is not a partner for any Windows product.”
FALLOUT Windows 8 and iOS 7 had similar security updates, but Apple chose to include them in the new software update.
If Microsoft were to release a similar update for its Windows Phone devices, it would be the second major security update for Apple’s iOS devices, after the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus.
With Microsoft’s announcement, the iPhone has now become the second most popular Android device in the world, with more than 4.7 billion users.
It has been the subject of a slew of security vulnerabilities that have plagued the smartphone platform in recent months, with the most serious being the Windows Embedded Framework (WAF) vulnerability that was reported in July.
More than one billion devices have also been affected by the WAF flaw, and millions of people have been left without access to their devices.
Other recent security vulnerabilities have included the Microsoft Windows Embedding Framework (WinCE) vulnerability in Windows Phone 8.1 that was first reported in June, and the Remote Code Execution (RCE) flaw that has been patched by Microsoft in the latest Windows 10.