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How To Get a Gig At Apple: Become a Jailbreaker

by Adriana Lee | August 31, 2011

How to get a gig at Apple:

Step 1) Become a jailbreaker.
Step 2) Get yourself some skillz, and develop a Cydia exploit or app.
Step 3) Gain a hugely popular following for your hack.
Step 4) Prep that sweet, sweet resume for the Apple recruiters that are sure to call.
Step 5) Lose the goofy tees, and buy some black shirts and jeans.
Step 6) Walk around those hallowed halls of Cupertino.

Could it be that easy? Well, we’d have to ask Nicholas Allegra, aka Comex, to find out. Yes, it’s the same guy who created the ridiculously easy, one-click JailbreakMe.com hack, allowing n00bs across the webs to jailbreak their iOS devices. Allegra was offered an internship at Apple Inc., the very company who used to paint a target on hackers like Comex. As for why he’s taking on an internship instead of a full-blown job, he’s only 19-years-old and has never had a “real” job before, he says. Plus, he’d like to go to college, so a partial gig seems best suited for him.

Once upon a time, this would have been unthinkable, but now it’s not even unique. Last June, Peter Hajas (of MobileNotifier fame) was hired by the company, a tidbit made even more interesting by the looks of notifications in iOS 5. So it appears the guy’s talents will be put to good use.

And it should be equally exciting to see what Allegra might bring to the iOS table. In the past, I’ve often said that Apple ought to be pilfering talent from the jailbreaking community, so I’m pretty happy to see the company take this tack. But there’s a segment of the iOS-using public who will probably be less thrilled with this development: After all, with Comex’s official indoctrination into the i-fold, he’s going to have to cease his JailbreakMe exploits. So say goodbye to easy peasy jailbreaks.

For more on the man, the myth, the legend and his transition from hacker to intern, hit up his AMA (“ask me anything”) on Reddit. He answers all sorts of questions from the community there, and it’s a pretty interesting read. (Or for a cleaner Q&A style format, try the TechCrunch source link below.)

[via TechCrunch, source AMA Reddit]


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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...