Apple has started shipping special versions of smartphones to developers. This is reported by the MacRumors edition.
The American company has notified Apple developers and partners that it is starting to send out jailbroken versions of the iPhone. Using such a device, specialists will be able to test various functions of the device and simulate hacking scenarios for the device and iOS. Under the terms of the Apple Security Research Device Program, a special version of the iPhone will be available for rent for a period of one year with further renewal.
Smartphones that have disabled some of the iOS security features have been released with the goal of preventing system breaches and creating various unsafe device usage scenarios. At the same time, iPhones are as close as possible to the current Apple smartphones available on the market. Security researchers will not need to jailbreak the device to access advanced smartphone features.
Participants in the program will also have access to advanced documentation and a special forum where they can contact the company's engineers. Apple Security Research Device Program provides payments to specialists who find vulnerabilities and report them up to $ 1.5 million.
The launch of the program to search for vulnerabilities on the iPhone and iOS became known in the summer. According to the terms of the agreement concluded with Apple by the specialist who received the smartphone, the device cannot be used as a regular phone and cannot be transferred to third parties.