updated 05:25 pm EDT, Mon August 29, 2011
Coder made $55,000 in donations
Nicholas "Comex" Allegra will abandon his jailbreaking efforts as he joins Apple as an intern, a Q&A session reveals. The coder was responsible for JailbreakMe, which allows people to open up iOS via the web instead of dedicated software tools. Allegra explains, in fact, that he hopes other hackers will continue to find exploits so he can jailbreak his iPhone, and that he is handing his resources over to MuscleNerd, chpwn or someone else willing to take care of them.
He notes that he has received about $55,000 in donations for JailbreakMe, $40,000 of that coming from v2.0, and $15,000 from v3.0. The Apple internship is is first real job, he mentions. As for why he is trying an internship and not a regular position, Allegra cites the lack of familiarity with having a job, and a desire to go back to college in the near future.
Talking about the future of iOS he claims that Apple will "probably continue to beat the pants off its competitors in performance for a while yet," and that the company's slow but meticulous approach to features should keep iOS easy to use. "But I'm impatient," he remarks, writing that "other platforms (WebOS) have a lot of fun stuff with no real equivalent in iOS."