Jailbreak Notifications Developer Now An Apple Employee

By , Jun 3, 2011

Peter Hajas, the lead developer of the popular jailbreak notifications replacement, MobileNotifier, is now an Apple “iOS Apps and Frameworks” employee. We originally speculated that Hajas was working for Apple when he announced that he was leaving as the head of the MobileNotifier development team, and it has now been confirmed that Apple has hired Peter Hajas to work on iOS.

iOS 5 will be unveiled at WWDC on Monday, and Apple could introduce a new system of push notifications. It’s unlikely that any of Peter’s work will be seen in iOS 5. He is most likely working on a future update to Apple’s mobile software…

Right after we reviewed MobileNotifier Beta4, Peter Hajas announced that he was discontinuing development of his hugely successful jailbreak notifications replacement. But he didn’t totally leave before releasing MobileNotifier Beta5, which brought several huge enhancements to the tweak.

We were the first to guess that Apple had gotten ahold of Hajas when we read his blog post announcing his departure from MobileNotifier. His words were cryptic, and he alluded to something big coming soon from his career change.

“I can’t say why, but it’s worth it. Trust me. If you look around hard enough, you’ll probably figure it out.”

We figured that the only possible reason Hajas would leave the MobileNotifier project was because he was presented with something better. And what’s a better career oppurtunity for a mobile developer than a job with Apple in Cupertino?

After we broke that story, an interesting clue was uncovered in Peter’s blog post. His last line, “Stay hungry and stay foolish,” was a reference to a speech by Steve Jobs from several years ago. It was pretty clear that Hajas was hinting at Apple.

It appears that we were correct in our speculation. A pile of evidence has stacked up that confirms Peter’s new allegiance with Apple.

As TiPB points out, it’s important to remember that this isn’t the first time Apple has gone out of its way to hire outside talent. The Cupertino company hired the notifications designer of the Palm OS last year.

A report from February said that Apple was looking for a developer to help revamp iOS notifications, so it’s possible that Hajas could have been contacted by Apple months ago.

Redmond Pie has uncovered two new pieces of evidence that confirm Apple’s hiring of Peter Hajas.

Firstly, Hajas tweeted that he was going to work at a “fruit” company in California.

That tweet has since been removed.

Secondly, a source at Apple has sent Redmond Pie a screenshot confirming that Peter Hajas is in the internal Apple Directory System as an “iOS Apps & Frameworks” employee.

Hajas seems to only be at Apple for a limited time, and MobileCrunch has uncovered that Hajas added Apple to his list of employers on Facebook. He listed himself as an “Intern” beginning in May of this year. Peter tweeted on May 9 that he was headed out to California.

“We asked a few of our Apple sources; while they’d heard his name around campus, none had actually seen him lurking about yet.”

MobileCrunch explains why he would be called an “Intern,”

“So, why “Intern”? It’s par for the course with Apple. They seem to consider it something of a dry run; sort of their way of testing how well newbies mesh with the current talent and how skilled they actually are before giving them access to source code repositories or a fancy title.”

It’s nice to see such a talented developer join the ranks at Apple. While he is gone, Peter Hajas will certainly be missed by the jailbreak community. Apple has always been three steps behind the jailbreak scene, so maybe Hajas will help the “fruity” company get ahead with notifications.

Thoughts?

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  • Mathieu

    Good for him

    • Andy

      Do you think he will help them cover the hole that allow iPhones to be jailbroken?

      • Ernesto Castellanos

        No. He’s a developer not a cracker.

  • Artkin

    It was too obvious when he first made a statement. Wishing him well.

  • BLiNK

    looks like a pedo. oh well, good for him

    • David

      LOL

  • Applepee

    Good for him, wish him well
    MuscleNerd get pay but not working for Spple ?

    • David Smith

      MuscleNerd is nit getting pay by Apple fir not releasing unlock tool, but he get pay by Gevey Sim

  • http://miapples.blogspot.com miApples

    Yep all best to Pete & hope he brings around much needed changes & add ons from the Apple Camp.

  • http://iphonedownloadblog.com will zacarias

    trator..

    • Binary-Stalker

      So what if he works with Apple temporarily?

      Now you tell me. Would it be better to have MobileNotifier integrated into iOS in case you updated and there wasn’t a jailbreak solution?

  • Luis

    lol let me guess the email: p.hajas@apple.com

  • PAEDO !!!

    @ Blink, clever of you to call him that, shame you can’t spell it you retard.

    • LT916

      Totally agree with Blink!! Lolz

  • Hello

    First Apple employee to jailbreak

    • Painman

      I doubt it. I expect Jobs was the first to JB when he realised just how bad iOS was lol

    • Painman

      I doubt it. I expect Stevie was the first to JB when he realised just how bad iOS was lol

    • Painman

      Don’t believe it when it says publication failed lol

  • mplsboywonder

    Good call Sebastian,

    You caught a bunch of flack in the comments. People saying it was just a coincidence, but the wording in his reply to walking away from the project just screamed that he was given an offer he couldn’t refuse.

    Now I just wish Apple would hire David Ashman, and the two could mash MobileNotifier & Lockinfo into a beast of a notification system.

    One notification system to rule them all!

  • Matt

    That bastard. I call Treason!!!!

    • Binary-Stalker

      Why so?

      So what if he’s temporarily working with Apple? It’ll be integrated into iOS, and he will come back.

      Also, I call treason to you for using an iOS device.

      • Matt

        That makes no sense! We are all here cause we love wat IOS can be thru jailbreaking not wat it can be thru Apple! What fun will it be when MuscleNerd or Comex starts working for Apple? Wow back to stock phones just like the old guy sitting next to u at the bus station! I personally like the individuality and risks of jailbreaking. Once one goes to the darkside (Apple) we will start seeing more. So u idiots can think this is a good thing, but its not. I say we dont let him back!!!

      • mplsboywonder

        @Matt

        You should learn the difference between hacker, and developer.

    • Matt

      I do kno the difference. The cops never go for the boss before grabbing the foot soldiers first. U start at the bottom then work your way to the top. First Apple snags developers from our scene to make their IOS “better” then they grab our jailbreak hackers to develop more secure code that isnt as vulnerable. Am i the only one thats watched ‘Catch me if you can’??? wow ur guys’ ignorance must be blissfull. Either that or u are an Apple spy. Its a f*cking conspiracy on here

  • c0edx

    I can’t wait to see what iOS 5 will look like. And people like Peter Hajas will probably make it better. Great job pal and good luck.

  • Jason

    good for him.

  • http://iphonehow.com/ John Micheal

    make new notifications,plz :D

  • Ins0mnihack

    I wish Peter all the best, but the fact that he’s just been hired before the unveiling of iOS5 worries me a little. Does this mean Apple still haven’t fixed the notification system for iOS5? Will it be up to Peter to integrate his work for a future update (i.e. iOS 5.1 ? ).

    I’m hoping to see big changes to notifications ready to go in iOS5, so I hope he’s being employed for other reasons.

    • http://isupermac.com AppleInternToo

      I second that, would be very disappointing to get all the way to iOS5 and no new notifications. Hopefully this is wrong and peter and dellinger can just make it better.

      Should we expect mobilenotifier beta5 to work on iOS5, anyone?

      Also update your photos! All the articles around are still using screenshots from beta4!

  • BLiNK

    hmm, let’s see.. pedo is short for pedophile. am i missing something?

    Sebastian, i need some lottery numbers for tonight, help?

    • Chris

      Yep you are missing something lol, I can only assume you are American seeing as they take the English language and change the way words are spelled, for everyone but Americans the word is Paedophile.

  • kokhean

    Steve doesn’t need to jailbreak his iPhone, you can pretty much incorporate anything into the iOS.

    And hey, Apple hired someone who jailbroke his phone?
    o_o

    That’s a first, considering that that move will make it seem as if iOS jailbreaking is positive in their perspective.

  • ScrewZoo

    Watch as the Haters flock around.