A teenage hacker who developed an iPhone tool for users to download applications that have not been approved by Apple has been hired - by Apple.Nicholas Allegra - better known as Comex - has been a thorn in the side of the technology giant after launching 'JailbreakMe 2.0' last year.
Now the 19-year-old claims he has been hired as an intern at Apple.
Writing on his Twitter page, he said: 'It's been really, really fun, but it's also been a while and I've been getting bored.
'So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.'
Apple refused to comment on whether or not Mr Allegra has been employed.
Jailbreakme 2.0 works on all iPhones which are running Apple's iOS4 operating system.
The download, introduced last year, was the first that can be accessed through the iPhone's own system rather than via an external computer.
Users simply visit JailbreakMe.com on their iPhone and download the application with instructions. It can also be removed just as easily, the jailbreak developers claim.
Comex last year explained: 'A jailbreak is simply the ability to run apps and use themes and tweaks not approved by Apple.'Jail-breaking doesn't slow down your device or use any extra battery, and is fully reversible (just restore in iTunes). A jailbreak lets your device be how you want it.'
The hack allows iPhone owners to legally unlock their devices so they can run software apps that have not been approved by Apple.
Unless users unlock their devices, they can only download apps from Apple's iTunes store.
software developers must get such apps pre-approved by Apple, which sometimes demands changes or rejects programs for what the developers say are vague reasons.Last year's legal decision to allow the practice known as 'jail-breaking' is one of a handful of new exemptions from a 1998 U.S. law that prohibits people from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorised uses.
The Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office, reviews and authorises exemptions every three years to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non-infringing uses of copyright-protected material.
The new government rules, however, will not stop Apple from continuing its practice of disabling jail-broken phones with software upgrades.
That means owners of such phones might not be able to take advantage of software improvements, and they still run the risk of voiding their warranty.
All the new rules do is exempt the user from legal liability - something Apple does not appear to be pursuing anyway.
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