If you have quite familiarized yourself with all the prominent personas in the jailbreak scene, then you no doubt know who Nicholas Allegra is, otherwise known as Comex. If you are not familiar with Comex, then perhaps you are well-acquainted with his popular jailbreak tool, JailbreakMe. JailbreakMe has the distinction of being one of the easiest tools around when jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, you don't even need to connect your device. Allegra's contribution to the jailbreak scene is definitely significant, which is why it came as a bit of a shock when he announced that he will be working with Apple. However, according to his most-recent announcement, it seems that his stint with the Cupertino company is now over.
Over a year ago, Comex announced that he will be taking a job as an intern at Apple. This is despite the fact that it is the very same company whose security he had repeatedly undermined. He of course happily accepted the job, it is a job offer from Apple after all. Although the nature of his work at Cupertino was never revealed. However, according to his most-recent tweet, Allegra is no longer associated with Apple. The tweet itself is very straightforward and doesn't exactly go into the most intricate details, which is most likely his intention. Check out his tweet below:
So… no point in delaying, as of last week, after about a year, I’m no longer associated with Apple.
So why exactly is he not working with Apple anymore? Details are also quite scarce when it comes to this subject but it seems that Allegra himself doesn't sound too happy with how things went during his stint with the Cupertino company. He has this to say regarding the reason why the job is no more:
(As for why? Because I forgot to reply to an email.)
One can say that this is such a ridiculous reason. From the looks of things, the email seems to concern a subject or offer that must take in a timely manner or it is quickly revoked. However, according to an interview with Forbes, Comex admitted that things were not as simple as missing an email and refuses to elaborate on that. At this point, we may just never know the real reason why he stopped working for Apple. He also wanted to clear up some things, especially with the previous ongoing talk that he sold out when he decided to work for Apple. This is what he has to say:
Also, to clear the record a bit: anyone who thinks I “sold out” for money doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
With this development, the jailbreak community probably has this one big question in mind. Now, that he isn’t working with Apple anymore and there is no more conflict of interest, will Comex jump back where he left off? Well, don't get excited yet because according with his interview with Forbes, Comex doesn't see himself working on anything jailbreak-related any time soon. As written by Forbes' Andy Greenberg, “when I asked Allegra what he plans to work on now, he said he’ll focus on his work at Brown, and doesn’t foresee working on new jailbreaking tools for iOS any time soon.”
So as of now, nothing is written in stone. Apple's loss can definitely mean a gain for the jailbreak community. Having one more brilliant mind to work on the latest jailbreak exploits can certainly speed things up, especially when that person is the legendary hacker, Comex. But that is all just wishful thinking, it is still his call whether or not he makes a comeback to the jailbreak scene. With that said, we wish Comex all the best on all of his future endeavors.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback