First of all, thank you for taking the time to read this. I’ve been struggling on this topic.
Every now and then this topic comes back to me, I want to ditch iOS so bad, but I just can’t. I really don’t see the point. Now I’m thinking of just getting a Google Pixel besides my iPhone, but I don’t really see the point of that either.
I will need to use Uber occasionally. I have important banking apps (specific to my country) and crypto apps (Crypto.com, Metamask, BitPay). I have a health insurance app (they do most things on the app) and government apps. One of those gov apps, an ID app, is basically necessary to have, otherwise you can’t do a lot of government business online. And it probably makes you a target if you opt out anyway. I can’t get my family and some friends off WhatsApp. I occasionally need to use Google Meet because people I need to reach are in a country that’s blocking other services. Then there’s takeaway apps, online auction app, my SIM provider app, Airbnb, Booking.com. For work I’ll need Telegram/Discord.
How can I ever ditch iOS?
Sure, a lot of the apps mentioned above I will only need to use at home, so I could use my laptop in those instances. But that doesn’t cover all apps.
Another point: iPhone tracks my location anywhere, but does that really matter when I’m at home? When I’m outside, I can use a Faraday bag but does it really matter? Car license plates get tracked here, when you use public transport the card tracks all your trips, whenever you pay by card the bank has your location. Ditching iPhone is not enough.
No anonimity with GrapheneOS
GrapheneOS won’t give me anonimiity. If I leave my iPhone at home and use GrapheneOS outside, I will still need to be reachable. I will need mobile data and probably a SIM, and find a way to pay for that also. Cell towers will ping my phone. I will need to use navigation apps. I need to use Telegram/Discord outside. WhatsApp as well. Also need to access my Gmail somehow (still partially use it, everyone around me does as well, and feels cringe to share proton address with people).
If I would totally ditch my iPhone and only use GrapheneOS, I’ll still need a SIM, receive texts for 2FA, and use WhatsApp. I’ll occasionally need to input personal information on my phone too.
So what am I getting out of GrapheneOS? More privacy? How much more compared to iPhone? I am limiting browsing already, no iCloud, I use Signal when needed, but some apps I just can’t quit.
My conclusion for now is: keep the iPhone, don’t get a Pixel, but severely limit the data input on the iPhone.