Not known by his real name, but very popular with iOS device users for his iOS hacking work as part of the iPhone Dev Team, MuscleNerd attended Intelâs IDF Conference in San Francisco.
The hacker, BusinessInsider reported , made a visit to Appleâs campus in Cupertino during that period, although the purpose of his visit is not known at this time.
MuscleNerd posted an image on his Twitter account, currently followed by over 230,000 people, showing a t-shirt that reads: âI visited the Apple campus. But thatâs all Iâm allowed to say.â Also noticeable in the same image is an Apple nametag showing his screen name, âMuscle Nerd,â instead of the real name.
Accompanying the image is a short tweet detailing the visit: âwell this afternoon sure was funâ¦ (what a great company!)â¦,â but the hacker doesnât go into further specifics regarding a possible employment with Apple.
This news comes just a few weeks after iOS hacker âComexâ confirmed his new status as a future Apple intern.
19-year old Nicholas âComexâ Allegra, also a well-known persona in the iOS universe, was offered an internship with Apple recently. Known for his efforts into devising and developing new ways of jailbreaking various generations of iOS devices, including the iPad 2, Allegra confirmed he would not pursue such hacking endeavors in the future.
Comex and MuscleNerd, single-handedly or working with other iPhone Dev Team members, have provided in recent years various jailbreak solutions for iOS devices such as iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV.
Such a procedure, legal in the USA under 2010 DMCA, is meant to allow users to gain full access to the operating system and install unsupported iOS applications that wouldnât be otherwise available in the App Store and tweak current existing apps without Appleâs permission.
Apple however doesnât support the procedure and maintains the fact that jailbreaking iOS devices leads to voiding the productâs warranty. The companyâs effort to block jailbreaking attempts and patch the security holes that permitted them has recently been praised by the iPhone Dev Team in a short blog post following Steve Jobsâ resignation as CEO last month. âWe loved the chase! Good luck, Steve,â the Dev Team noted at the time.
Despite its continued opposition to iOS jailbreaking, the company has also recently hired Peter Hajas, an iOS developer known for his work on an alternative notification system for jailbroken iPhones. His innovative solutions were demoed before Apple introduced a totally revamped notification system that will be available to users in the forthcoming iOS 5 mobile OS version.
Besides jailbreaking, the iPhone Dev Team is also responsible for offering iPhone unlocking solutions to smartphone users interested in bypassing Appleâs protocols that keep the handset locked to a specific carrier.
Should MuscleNerd join Comex and pursue a career with Apple, the jailbreaking community may be âsignificantly crippledâ in the months to come, BusinessInsider notes.
Until now, all current iOS 5 beta versions have been jailbroken with various software solutions including the ones offered by the iPhone Dev Team. Apple is expected to launch the final iOS 5 version in early October with the iPhone 5 release following shortly after that.