By Jiawei Liu
Chinese pirates have taken downloading cracked iPhone and iPad apps to the next level, releasing KuaiYong, a desktop app which allows pirated iOS apps to be installed on non-jailbroken devices.
According to Tech in Asia:
The 7659 “store” is full of pirated iOS apps and games available for free. While the content is nothing new – it was previously embedded in the Kuaiyong PC app – it makes the renegade startup more accessible to potential new users who can browse the available apps in their web browser. If you choose to download one of the iOS apps or games from the 7659 site, it actually downloads the Kuaiyong PC app if you don’t have it already.”
“Interestingly, the 7659.com site uses geolocation detection to hide itself from those outside of China. So, only readers within China will see the store as pictured in my screenshots. For those outside of the nation, you’ll either see an error message or it’ll just redirect to the KuaiYong homepage.”
“Aside from this new web store, KuaiYong is planning to launch its piracy-pimped iTunes alternative app internationally, but the English version of that is still not ready.”
Most of the comments on KuaiYong’s Facebook page are positive:
Kazejage Linus: When is the English version coming??? Been waiting here, tnx Kuaiyong!!!! XD
Anson Rodrigues: please release english version asap!! please btw wen is it releasing?
Johnny Rodriguez IV: When will KUAIYONG will work on iOS 6 or iPhone 5 or iDevices ?!?!? I loved Kuaiyong than any IPA Crack Apps ! Please, Make an English App on PC / Mac / Linux and iDevices! You will be more loved !
Raka Aditya: Brilliant app! no jailbreaking for free apps will it work on iOS 5?
Sidakpreet Singh Mann: Hello there! I just installed this And works Amzazingly FIne! I just wanted to say thank you! Also, Can i Update my IOS after this or no?
It remains to be seen whether KuaiYong will be hit with a lawsuit from Apple. It’s hard to imagine that Cupertino isn’t aware of this rogue app store already. Though pirates are the least of Apple’s problems in China at the moment.
Those interested in using KuaiYong but put off by the Chinese interface would do well to check out Socialphy’s guide.