App111.com, or Apple Orchard (not official translation), offers jailbreak iOS app downloads, and other jailbreak related apps and services. Founded in 2010 and based in Beijing, the company claimed it had 40 million users with 1.5 million being daily active as of January 2013.

It charges developers 1000 – 15,000 yuan ($160 – 250) for 400 – 9000 installations. App111 also takes revenue shares from partner mobile games on its platform. The business model is pretty much the same with that of other iOS or Android app distributors in China.

App111 reportedly has been acquired by Baidu at the end of 2013. Before the acquisition, App111 only received some seed funding from Unityvc, a venture capital firm founded by a member of Baidu founding team.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com