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This is my first question here and iOS is something very new for me currently. If we have an app on iTunes and same app on some third party appstore, then does it mean the app is pirated ?

How to detect if an app on Third Party Store is pirated version of the original app from iTunes ? Any help is highly appreciable.

Thanks in advance.

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    what third party store ? – Ruskes Jun 19 '15 at 6:37
  • There are no official 3rd party App Stores for iOS. If you didn't get it from Apple, it's probably pirated; & can only be installed on a jailbroken device. – Tetsujin Jun 19 '15 at 6:38
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    Tetsujin : Yes, there is a point in your comment. I guessed the same. But is there any way I can prove with stronger point. Say for example I can say "The certificate does not match so the app is pirated version of original app" or anything similar ??? – v1h5 Jun 19 '15 at 6:43
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    @Tetsujin : That's ok. I really appreciate your attitude to help. Thank you. :) I think I am near the answer. Once cleared, I will update here. Thanks guys. – v1h5 Jun 19 '15 at 7:41
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    Are you asking from the point of view of a user ("how can I as a user find out whether this app I'm using is pirated") or as a developer ("how can my app determine whether it got pirated when running")? – nohillside Jun 19 '15 at 9:02
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You can only install apps from itunes/the build in app-store.
Some apps are/claim to be installable through safari, but I wouldn't trust that.
If you have jailbroken your phone and installed an alternative app store, that is probably illegal, and will void your warranty (because apple won't let you jailbreak).
So if you have found a third party app store, it is probably fake, or illegal.

  • jailbreaking is not illegal – Mark Jun 19 '15 at 12:12
  • cultofmac.com/213144/… – Jaime Santa Cruz Jun 19 '15 at 14:50
  • Jailbreaking isn't illegal, installing a 3rd party app store which lets you download paid apps for free is technically not illegal, but installing those apps is. – Robin van der Noord Jun 20 '15 at 14:40
  • Well jailbreaking your iPad is illegal it seems.. – Robin van der Noord Jun 20 '15 at 14:42

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