Goodbye, JailbreakMe. Comex Becomes Apple Intern

Goodbye, JailbreakMe. Comex Becomes Apple Intern

Comex, the hacker behind the latest JailbreakMe exploit — the first hack to support the iPad 2 — will soon be joining the Apple gang in Cupertino — waving goodbye to his days as an iOS jailbreaker.

The JailbreakMe exploit is by far the easiest method of jailbreaking there is. You need no software, no computer, and no prior knowledge of the process; you simply navigate to the JailbreakMe webpage in mobile Safari and begin the process — which takes just seconds.

The latest JailbreakMe exploit, version 3.0, was highly anticipated by iOS users, not just because of its simplicity, but also because it was the first method of jailbreaking Apple’s second-generation iPad. However, it may also be the last, because Comex is joining Apple as an intern.

Comex, whose real name is Nicholas Allegra, announced the news on Twitter last night:

It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored. So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.

It’s no wonder Apple is keen for Comex to join its troop. In a recent interview with Forbes, the 19-year-old said he enjoys looking for exploits in Apple’s iOS source code in his spare time, which he finds a simple process:

“It feels like editing an English paper. You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.”

When I reported on the Forbes interview at the beginning of this month, I actually said at the end of my story that “Comex’ ability to seek out vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS source code makes me wonder whether that internship he’s looking for should be at the Cupertino camp.”

Of course, Comex isn’t the first jailbreaker to have joined Apple: Peter Hajas, the developer of MobileNotifier — a tweak for better notifications on the iPhone — also joined the Cupertino company shortly before WWDC in June.

It seems, then, that if you can’t get a job with Apple via the conventional route, you should make a hobby out of hacking the its devices.

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  • Spiros R

    Now we know what to do to get a job at apple.

  • theonlycog

    well done him.  

  • Applefan

    Good for him he deserves it

  • gareth edwards

    Nice one. Sure he’ll bring some interesting stuff to the table.

  • Prachi Desai

    We congratulate ‘Comex’ for this achievement. We dont know how his talent will be utilized by the Apple, but we need to keep in mind that there are other hackers too that can always provide hacks for user.  Read More – http://alldailyupdatesandnews….

  • Erik Maier

    This is the saddest news ever. No one is better than Comex from a technical point of view. Jailbreaking is over.

  • Hampus

    Well if they continue to acquire developers from the jailbreak maybe we won’t need jailbreaks for much longer with some luck…

  • John Ramirez

    and that’s how jailbreaking was eliminated.

  • iDaBoss

    right

  • Mac Dots

    Welcome Home Comex…

  • Johnsmith

    Well if it isn’t already obvious that the jailbreak is becoming less and less needed with every iOS release,I mean look at iOS 5, a lot of similarities to some things found in the jailbreak. You can’t beat them.hire them.

  • eags77

    19, OMG, what a wonderful future this young guy has……

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