Comex no longer working at Apple [Updated]

By , Oct 18, 2012

Nicholas Allegra, a.k.a.Comex — the iOS hacker responsible for the popular jailbreak tool JailbreakMe — has parted ways with Apple after interning there for a little over a year.

Last August, Comex broke the news that sent shockwaves through the jailbreak community, announcing that he would be joining the very company whose security he’d successfully undermined more than once.

Is it possible that Comex might pick up where he left off in the jailbreak community?

There’s still no word from Comex on the matter, but the one major thing holding him back — the obvious conflict of interest involving a fruit company from California — is no more.

As for why Comex and Apple parted ways? Comex unenthusiastically lends the reason via Twitter:

The explanation is a bit vague, but he doesn’t sound too happy about the way things went down with Apple. Perhaps this could be a motivating factor for getting involved with jailbreaking again?

If anything, it seems the famed hacker wants to clear the air about anyone accusing him of “selling out”.

We certainly don’t think he sold out. To be able to work for a company that you’ve admired for years isn’t something that comes around often. He had the opportunity to do just that, and he took it. We certainly can’t fault him for that.

And regards whether or not he decides to make a comeback in the community, that’s his call. He’s already done enough to seal his status, and besides, other talented hackers are making good progress as it is. Case in point:

What do you think? Do you hope Comex gets involved with jailbreaking again?

Update from Forbes’ Andy Greenberg:

When I asked Allegra what he plans to work on now, he said he’ll focus on his work at Brown, and doesn’t foresee working on new jailbreaking tools for iOS any time soon.

Apparently the separation was due to him not responding to an email offer to continue his employment, and the offer was then rescinded. Although the details involve more than he’d go on the record to say, it seems that Apple runs a pretty tight ship as far as personel goes.

Either way, it doesn’t look like he’s going to re-involve himself with jailbreaking any time soon, if ever, especially because Apple’s legal terms may forbid it. But as I stated, there are a few good folks chopping away at the iOS 6 and iPhone jailbreaks as you read this.

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  • http://yoursn0w.com Ali Wadi

    Feel sorry for him, but also happy if he will be back to the Jailbreak community!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/this.is.what.im.stuck.with.everyday Chris Andes

    He leaves Apple on my birthday :D

    • abhay gulati

      A jailbreak on your birthday is better :D

  • http://twitter.com/rolynn719 Roy Swartz

    This is a great day if he decides to come back. If not i am sure he will be great in whatever endeavor he pursues!!!

  • http://twitter.com/worldofapplenl World of Apple

    He just told Forbes that he isn’t coming back.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000374367805 Mark Brammer

      Any time soon, he said. Not forever, just not as of now.

      • ExRoot

        Perhaps he should look out for himself and look into working for other companies. I like my jailbreak too but realize his future is more important then me being able to Have cool wallpapers.

      • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

        Some people use jailbreaks to unlock their phones when there are no other alternatives

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    I hope he can put some of what he had learnt in apple and help the dev team.

  • John Jackolo

    HE IS A LEGEND, HOPE TO HAVE HIM BACK :D

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    Important reminder if you intern with Apple and receive email from them reply immediately. Thanks comex for letting people know to check their email lol.

  • David Henderson

    Sounds like he was fired…

  • http://twitter.com/CunOTHERside jose carlos

    This not an option but FACT MONEY is everthing in this world.Just ask Apple.

  • specht057

    Who cares this guy just wants public attention so apple will reconsider their decision.

    The main point is he was arrogant enough not to respond to their job offer.

    Apple seen lack of response as No thank you. I don’t want to work for you.

    • 2008crna

      You are making assumptions about a situation. I imagine it is something along the lines of a secure work email only accessible from on campus and he failed to see it in an inbox that was full. Either scenario is plausible but either way, anyone who loses their job over failure to confirm it with an email deserves some pity since he is now unemployed. I suspect their is more to this story but it is his right to keep it private.

      • specht057

        Now your making assumptions about email being campus only or secutity related.

        Try reading between the lines. If you lost a job would you announce it on twitter? Probably not..

        Pitty is not something he deserves here. However if his little twitter stunt pays off then nice work playing the victim card

  • seyss

    He jailbroke iPad2, bailed the scene, got hired by Apple, got fired, and now said he won’t help the community anymore.

    How touching

    • iNfAMOUS70702

      The guy doesn’t owe anything to anyone…and who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work for the richest company ever?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ifans.vietnam IFans Vietnam

    Comex, welcome back to jailbreak community. Hope to see you there!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Jensen/1551592116 John Jensen

    could it be a tatic move from apple to sell more phones if comex makes a new jailbreak undercover for apple

    • sambuzzlight

      *facepalm*

      • Guest

        yes i no but i will never buy without jailbreak option

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    He will be back… and i can tell t5hat folks are working hard in the ios6/iphone5 jailbreak.. its will be the greatest ever and super fast

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ba-Tongxue/100003554938315 Ba Tongxue

    Welcome back.
    PS, he does look like Harry Potter.

  • nima

    so what?

  • M Last

    OMG!
    I really like he got the great job
    but Comex.don’t give up, may be Google takes you :)

  • petros lamp

    We want Downgrade In 4S MALAKAAAAA

  • http://twitter.com/IbrahimRIAlBora Ibrahim R.I.AlBoraey

    I don’t know, Do I feel happy that he may come back to jailbreak community, or to feel sad for leaving that job.
    anyway, I hope he can get better chances…

    • http://twitter.com/IbrahimRIAlBora Ibrahim R.I.AlBoraey

      or may be we are looking at the next Steve Jobs…

  • Dr. Joseph S. Curcio

    I am sure Apple has all employees, especially those who are leaving their employ,
    sign Confidentially Agreements to avoid exposing proprietary information that would prohibit comex from helping
    the jailbreak community now or for some time in the future.
    I have faith in our Development Team and feel that the iOS 7 jailbreak is done and waiting for Apple’s
    GM to be released to the public. The JB will be out very soon after the Official iOS 7 release.

  • Peter Coglan

    comex is the main guy for jailbreaking ,would b great news to get him back on the jb tools ,”jailbreaking for this guy is like riding a bike”