Apple Hires JailbreakMe Creator Comex as an Intern

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Little more than a day after Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple CEO, the doors to Cupertino swing back around to welcome Nicholas Allegra AKA Comex into the fold. Is Apple jailbreaking itself now?

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Allegra, a self-professed Apple fanboy, is notorious for his JailbreakMe packages that allow iPhone owners to break through Apple's fortress-like software. Then Apple would patch things up with an update, only to have their defenses breached in another way. So the cat-and-mouse game went... until now.

In truth, Allegra's being hired has probably been in the works for awhile. What better way to stop a crime than to hire the criminal? It works in the movies, anyway. And they've done it before, having hired MobileNotifier's Peter Hajas shortly before they announced iOS 5.

So what can we expect from this? It does kind of mirror Microsoft's hiring the ChevronWP7 crew. Curious... [Comex via MacRumors]

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DISCUSSION

georgecarlinjr
georgecarlinjr

First the good news...For the technically challenged people that make up the vast majority of iOS users and the developers that write those time-wasting apps for them, this means that Apple essentially bought out the hackers and will close this door without so much as a wimper - making Apple's platform even more secure from outside competition.

Now, the bad news...Because of this move, the more technically oriented crowd will move even further away from iOS. This means more IT managers, geeks and "computer guys" convincing their clients to go Android. This also means a shrinking consumer market for Apple and the developers that are already fighting for scraps in the pathetically organized maze known as iTunes' App Store.

Don't get me wrong...iOS (even a locked down until it screams iOS) is a great move for the technically illiterate. It keeps things simple for people that don;t know a click from a swipe. It keeps them from hurting themselves too badly and makes it a breeze (comparably) to support these drooling neanderthals. iOS is good for non-techies.

I just think that a move like this will reveal quickly that iOS has hit its peak. Already Android phones outnumber those of the iPhone (Android has 40.1% of the phone market compared to iPhone's 26.6% of the market according to iPhone Hacks at [www.iphonehacks.com]

Even Nielsen documented what may well have been the turning point for Apple's sales of iPhones at [mashable.com] .

Apple has an ideal customer base - rich and technically...well, let's just say challenged. They are more into entertainment than work, and that's what iOS is - an entertainment system. It's a very profitable model - and who doesn't want that?

It just saddens me to see the door closed to those that know that iOS can be so much more.