“Comex’ The Creator of JailbreakMe One of the Greatest Jailbreaking tools of All Time Joined Apple as an Intern Recently.Now,Some People are Happy He Joined Apple while Others are Just sad.As for Us,We’re Extremely happy by the Way Things Happened.Sure,It is Sad that Steve Jobs Left and Tim Cook Came along But Well,Isn’t Apple the One who Keeps Talking about ‘Change’ ? The iPhone4 Catch phrase was “Everything Changes.Again” ! So This Shift From Comex Leaving the Community And Steve Jobs Resigning Will be For the Best.
Now for the Interview,The Interview Clearly Suggests that Comex Wont be Active in the Jailbreak Community for as long as he is working with Apple =P though He Does say the He WILL Jailbreak His iDevice ;)
Here is a snippet from the Q&A:
Did you always set out to be a hacker or was it just something that interested you and found you had a [knack] for?
Comex: I never wanted to be a black hat hacker, but I did enjoy hacking (originally SQL injection and crap) as a natural extension of programming.
Your thoughts on Steve Jobs’ departure?
Comex: Really a shame; I was hoping to meet him some day, and, company direction aside, keynotes won’t be as entertaining without him.
Have you made any money from the jb scene?
Comex: I’ve made a good amount of money through donations, which is mostly being used to help pay for college. JailbreakMe 2.0 was like $40,000; 3.0 was $15,000 (not quite sure why it decreased).
Have you met Steve Jobs?
Comex: I wish.
Can you give any insight on how apple views the Jailbreak communitiesmods?
Comex: I have no idea.
As a huge open book for them to
stealtake ideas from.
Comex: I certainly don’t mind. Jailbreak community puts an idea in front of people with a crappy implemenation; Apple polishes it to the point where it can be an OS feature. I don’t know whether Apple actually pays attention to jailbreak apps, but see App Store, copy and paste, multitasking, etc…
Firstly, why did you choose to get involved in specifically the iPhone jailbreaking scene, what was it attracted you to the iPhone? Secondly, did you always set out to be a hacker or was it just something that interested you and found you had a nack for? Finally, in regards to the PDF bug used for the JailbreakMe.com jailbreak, where on earth did you get the brilliant idea for it?
Comex: I had one… and it was a device that (a) had a lot of functionality, (b) had a nice and flexible UNIX OS, (c) already had an active homebrew community, and (d) was really cool. :p
I never wanted to be a black hat hacker, but I did enjoy hacking (originally SQL injection and crap) as a natural extension of programming.
FreeType was one of the less studied open source components of iOS.
Do you have any regrets?
Comex: I should have worked on these jailbreaks more consistently, and released them more quickly; I’ve had several exploits fixed on me that could have been used in a jailbreak if I was quicker at packaging.
What, besides money, made you flip to the other side?
Comex: It’s not about money. A large part of my motivation to jailbreak was always the challenge; the internship will be a new sort of challenge.
The future is Still not Predictable after this move, but many feel we haven’t heard last from Comex. Yet, he’ll likely work under the extreme secrecy Apple is known for throughout his internship.