MuscleMerd has confirmed reports that stated that he had visited the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, California, causing many to consider the possibility of Apple hiring yet another member of the unofficial iOS Jailbreaking Community.
Known by his Screen name, “MuscleNerd,” not by his real name, he played a vital part for the Dev team that has developed many Jailbreaking softwares.
According to a report by BusinessInsider, MuscleNerd visited the Apple Campus in Cupertino, the reason not known for this at the moment.
MuscleNerd, followed by more than 230,000 people, tweeted a picture of him wearing a T-Shirt with “I visited the Apple campus. But that’s all I’m allowed to say” along with an Apple Name tag that had the name “MuscleNerd” on it, instead of his real name. Along with this picture was a small message “well this afternoon sure was fun… (what a great company!)…,” (Link to tweet : https://twitter.com/musclenerd/status/114486171442229250 )
MuscleNerd claimed to be surprised by this that they had written his screen name rather than his real name.
Comex, developer of JailbreakMe, a software accessible directly via Safari.app that jailbreaks your device using a vulnerability in Safari, allowing it to be jailbroken without connecting to a computer, has also been recruited by Apple a few weeks ago.
In case you’re wondering what a jailbreak is, here’s a simple explanation:
A Jailbreak software uses a vulnerability in an iDevice in order to ‘Jailbreak’ it and allow the installation of third party applications, not available from Apple otherwise, it also gives the user root access. This is supposedly legal in the US, but Apple still claims it voids your waranty even though a clean restore should wipe off any traces that the device was ever jailbroken.
Apple also recently hired Peter Hajas, who developed Jailbreak applications that added different methods of notifications in iOS, this feature acquired and implemented in iOS 5 (currently in beta stage).
The Dev Team seems to have taken a big hit by Apple hiring the Brains (and Muscle) of the Team, leaving it without many great members.
As I mentioned earlier, iOS 5 is currently in beta stage and has reached the 7th beta, and to Apple’s dismay, all seven versions have been jailbroken.
Since the final version of iOS 5 is just around the corner, could Apple have hired them to prevent a jailbreak? Or did they hire them to make iOS more secure by asking them to find vulnerabilities that Apple can patch to make an un-jailbreakable iOS? Or did they just want to have a chat with them and have not hired them at all? Do you think it was one of these reasons? Or was it something else? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below: