A site called 7659.com allows iPhone and iPad users to download popular iOS apps for their devices without having to navigate through the official Apple App Store.
The site is actually an extension of a desktop program called "Kuaiyong," which disguises itself as a bulk licensing authorisation asset so that it may distribute free software to users. In doing so, it takes advantage of Apple's bulk enterprise licensing software and illegally supplies free versions of App Store titles that would ordinarily cost money.
The process doesn't even involve jailbreaking; the site uses a developer provisioning profile, which allows the device owner to download an app onto their iOS hardware, meaning they don't have to go via the App Store.
The reason behind this apparent breach of the law is founded in the supposed difficulty of having to navigate through iTunes.
"Kuaiyong" has said on its website that: "The fact is that in China, a large number of Apple users are not very familiar with the iTunes system and how to effectively manage it."
It continues that: "In order for Chinese Apple fans to download applications securely, Kuaiyong developed its own method of giving users access to thousands of free apps without having to jailbreak their devices."
For those interested in this Chinese website that is branded as a helper tool, you'll have to quell your curiosity; the website blocks IP addresses from outside of China.
With Apple being as sensitive as it is concerning the rectangular shape of its iPhones, one shudders to think what destruction will ensue once it discovers what's happened.
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