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A sneaky hacking app is trending in the Apple App Store

There’s currently a vision testing app called Kimi at number eight in the Apple iOS App Store’s trending list of free entertainment apps (and number 46 overall for free apps!). But it’s not an app to test your eyesight, at least not unless you consider watching pirated movies on your smartphone a form of eye testing, which I suppose you might?

I called Kimi sneaky in the title, and to the extent that if you took a look at it, you would probably immediately reject it because it looks very fraudulent and it’s actually not the app vision test it claims to be. But it’s also surprisingly blatant. There’s a half-assed description (under the poor screenshots) that says it’s “an interesting app that tests your eyesight”, but also, the best reviews currently say things like “I downloaded this app to watch Frozen II” and “It’s basically like Netflix!” »

And when you open it for the first time? Good here. Let me show you:

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That’s it. You open it and there are just movies and TV shows to watch. There is no splash screen or trick to unlock the real application. This was not at all hidden under a thin veneer of legitimacy.

The app is reminiscent of Popcorn Time, which arrived on Apple’s App Store years ago and allowed users to stream movies from torrents. It’s not entirely clear if that’s what’s happening here as well, but hosting all that content would be expensive.

Not that we’re reviewing the app, but honestly, is it pretty decent? There are some nice and simple filtering options when you tap the Search tab, and there’s even a Ranking tab that shows you things like what people are watching most or what’s new.

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You can download movies, and most seem to be at least good enough quality for casual viewing on a smartphone. (There are definitely bad cameras, though.) But there’s no effort to express this in any sort of love of the film with casting details or anecdotes. It’s all designed to get you to the movies you want as soon as possible, regardless of legality.

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