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iPhone Dev Team's MuscleNerd visits Apple, may be recruited

updated 11:40 am EDT, Fri September 16, 2011

Apple courts iPhone Dev Team member

Apple's attempts to court iPhone hackers may have gone a step further in the past day as key iPhone Dev Team member MuscleNerd revealed that he had visited Apple. An unspecified host at Apple gave him a trip to the company's Cupertino campus. The subject of the trip wasn't mentioned, but the host was clearly aware of his role in jailbreaking iOS devices, having given him a security badge with his alias.

"I had expected it to be my real name," he said.

The timing follows less than a month after Comex took an internship at Apple and three months after a jailbreak notification designer signed on as a permanent employee. In Comex's circumstances, it led to him getting out of hacking iOS, even if he doesn't remain with Apple.

Apple's steps have pointed to a strategy of courting those in the hacking community as a source of talent, more so even than Google or other firms where it would be expected. Its reasons aren't known, but it may be looking to more permanently close the exploits that allow jailbreaks or to get more programmers familiar with low-level or web code. The recruiting could have an incidental if known side-effect of disrupting jailbreak efforts themselves, albeit through positive gestures.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ericdano

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's a trap!

    It's a trap!

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When you have a party and don't want the cops to break it up, invite all the neighbors within earshot.
    When you sell a device you don't want jailbroken, give jobs to all the guys who are good at jailbreaking it.

    Same principle at work. :-)

    Not sure if I like that shirt better than the classic "I visited the Mother Ship." (which will really be appropriate once the new HQ opens up).

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Consulting gig?

    Even if he doesn't end up as a full-time Apple employee, Apple might want him to "consult" on security issues as they come up. On the other hand, if he does end up working for Apple, he'll need to sign an NDA. Maybe that's what Apple really wants: his silence.

  1. robot prom

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    I want to know where I can buy one of those shirts.

  1. LGgeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no jailbreak no iPhone

    I bought my first iphone after I found out I could jailbreak it ( before that had a Razr that I tweaked the seems on) , since then have bought 3 more phones and two iPads ( converted my wife). If Apple kills off the ability to jailbreak my phone , first will not buy any more new iPhones and eventually will move to another brand. So it may be Apple's strategy to comprise the jailbreak dev community so jail-breaking ends but it would be a stupid strategy. Geez when did apple become so borg.

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