Chinese firm finds way to get apps onto iPhone, iPad — for free

A firm in China has found a way to get users in China to download applications to their iPhones or iPads without having to pay a dime.

According to Venturebeat, which discovered the exploit, a Chinese “app store” known as 7659.com has taken advantage of a loophole in Apple’s bulk enterprise licensing that allows users to download paid applications for free without having to jailbreak their devices, as they would in previous exploits.

Apple’s enterprise app distribution platform allows a major company to deploy programs across all corporate devices, as long as they have a developer provisioning profile with Apple. That allows companies to quickly and efficiently get applications to devices without needing to individually download programs to each device.

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