Apple today announced the launch of the new Apple Security Research Device Program, which provides security researchers with a special iPhone that is dedicated to security research and includes unique code execution and inclusion strategies. Last year, Apple mentioned that it would provide security researchers with “special” iPhones to make it easier for them to find security vulnerabilities and problems and make iOS devices more secure. Now, the project has finally been officially launched.
This “special” iPhone has a higher level of system access and makes it easier to find security vulnerabilities than a regular iPhone.
Special iPhones need to be updated every 12 months and still belong to Apple. Security researchers have identified problems that must also be reported to Apple or related third parties.