[quote=400940:@Tim Jones]I used to be a big security advocate, but this is not security. It just defines an additional, yet indirect effort by Apple to lock other players out of the app game. The only good news is that they have still provided a mechanism for the end user to turn the requirement of that “feature” off.
11 of our largest clients are seriously examining Windows and Linux for large scale Mac replacements for FY 19 just because of things like this compounding the issues that heir IT teams had to deal with in the moves to 10.11 and 10.13 already.[/quote]
I know this is a necro’d thread, but here’s the deal with notarization. When you distribute through the app store, Apple scans your app for certain behaviors and automatically rejects before going to a human for review. The Developer ID program is good, but has no such protection. Malware can be signed and distributed outside the app store. Notarization combines the two. Users get the benefit of binaries that have been pre-scanned by Apple, while developers don’t have to distribute via the app store.
It’s not about locking anybody out. Well… except for malware developers.