An iOS Jailbreaker has shocked some of his chums, while impressing others by announcing he'll be taking up an internship at Apple within days.
Nineteen-year old Nicholas Allegra, known as Comex for his work on the iPhone Dev Team's JailbreakMe exploit, chose the day on which Steve Jobs' retirement was announced to tweet a little announcement of his own.
So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple," he twittered.
The iPhone Dev Team has been a constant thorn in Apple's side, usually Jailbreaking new versions of the iOS within hours, allowing tinkerers access to their iDevices's innards.
Because he's been doing these tinkerers a favour he thought they'd have his guts for garters for straying to the dark side. But a subsequent tweet revealed the opposite was the case
"Thanks for the congratulations everyone; I was expecting a more negative response :)" he wrote.
Allegra featured in a glowing Forbes feature recently, claiming picking apart iOS code was really pretty straightforward. “You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it,” he said.
A tinkerer himself from a young age, Allegra reckons that, by the time he took a computer science class in high school, "I already knew everything.”