While Apple shifts millions of its smartphones and tablet PCs, there are many who purchase the devices who then jailbreak the devices to allow them to run software and features that would normally be unavailable. They are able to jailbreak their devices because of the many hackers out there who release their findings via the internet. Today we have news that a popular iPhone 4/iPad 2 jailbreak specialist visits Apple.
AppleInsider are reporting that prominent hacker MuscleNerd, has confirmed via Twitter he has paid a visit to the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. This has started rumors that Apple could be looking to take on another person from the jailbreaking community onto its team.
Known only as MuscleNerd, the popular hacker whom is part of the iPhone Dev Team was also attending Intel’s IDF Conference in San Francisco. It was during this time that he made his visit to Apple’s campus for reasons currently unknown.
He went on to post an image to his Twitter account that showed a t-shirt that reads “I visited the Apple campus. But that’s all I’m allowed to say”. The same image showed an Apple nametag that showed his screen name MuscleNerd.
The Twitter post continues with a short tweet that says “well this afternoon sure was fun…… (What a great company!)”. MuscleNerd doesn’t go into any more details about the visit or if he is joining the team at Apple.
This news comes only a short time since another hacker called, Comex, confirmed that he was to join Apple. He is well known for his work with jailbreaking iOS devices, but has since said he won’t be doing such things in the future.
The two have worked along with other iPhone Dev team members in recent times finding various ways to jailbreak Apple products. Such work is legal in the US, and allows users to get full access to the operating system. This then allows for the installation of apps that are not supported in the Apple App Store.
Apple is obviously against any such tweaks and says any such use voids the unit’s warranty. Apple is always looking to patch any such security holes and was recently praised by the iPhone Dev team. They even wished Steve Jobs good luck following his recent resignation.
The company has also recently hired Peter Hajas who is known for working on an alternative notification system. This was used on jailbroken iPhones, but he has helped Apple to provide a redesigned system that will be coming with iOS 5.
The iphone Dev team also provides solutions for users to unlock their handsets for use on different carriers. They have so far managed to jailbreak all the current iOS 5 beta versions that have been released.
Have you jailbroken your iOS device?