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Now pirated iOS apps can be installed without jailbreak

Mark Hattersley | Jan. 3, 2013
Reports have surfaced that new system allows users to install unofficial pirated software on an iOS device without having to first jailbreak the device

It is clear that the technology will be used mainly for this purpose, but users should also beware that installing apps that have not been officially sanctioned by Apple can contain malware.

There is also the fact that pircacy is tremendously bad for the nascent App Development industry. This recent piece by CNET originally appeared to mourn the loss of Installous, leading Tim DeBenedictis, co-author of SkySafari 3 for iOS and Android to reply: "We're a small software developer and we experience piracy rates of 9:1 for our apps on Android. The total value of our paid applications stolen by pirates on Android last year was over USD $1M. I've heard all the arguments about "piracy is impossible to stop", "pirates wouldn't pay anyways", "it's good free advertising." Whatever. The problem is simply encouraging people to steal our hard work for free. It's not like we're ripping people off, with a $3 app. I commend Apple, the FBI, and whomever else may be behind the shuttering of this illegal warez site. It is very much a positive trend for the iOS platform. Pirates: go find a legitimate job. Use your skills to produce something useful for the world, rather than stealing our work and food out of our mouths."


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