Apple has always had a special interest for developers some of which include researcher, and that may be enough reason for the company to roll out a special device specifically for them
The Cupertino-based company is planning to roll out special iPhones specifically for security researchers in the coming year, and it will reportedly help them find flaws on iOS that are not open to others or perhaps cannot be spotted on the normal device. At that, the company will only give a selected few, especially those that report bugs via the company’s invitation-only bug bounty program for iOS.
The bug bounty program for iOS was initially launched about three years ago, however, until now, the company extended the use to engage more products including macOS, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and more, all at a similar gathering, Black Hat Conference yesterday, 8th of August.
iOS security research device program! pic.twitter.com/4NsKH1DMGd
— Jesse D'Aguanno (@0x30n) August 8, 2019
During the event, the company informed that the program will now be available for all a number of researchers with a track record of high-quality security research on any platform, and at that, not all regular researcher will be granted access to the device, except for otherwise reasons I guess.
The device in question will come with special features as expected, and some of this features will include ssh, a root shell, and advanced debug capabilities, all designed to make it easier for security researchers to spot bugs. You don’t have to rack your brain trying to figure out the function of these features assuming you are not an expert in that sphere.
While these special iPhone will serve as a tool for researchers, they won’t have the deep level of access that internal Apple developers and the company’s security team do, however, at this level, they will be able to achieve more than they do with the normal device.