Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Vice:
Apple just announced that it will send special devices that make it easier to find flaws and vulnerabilities in its mobile operating system iOS to iPhone hackers that apply and qualify for a program the company announced last year. The program might make some hackers less likely to engage in the underground market for stolen prototype iPhones hackers currently use to research iPhone security, and encourage them to share their findings with Apple.
In a new website published on Wednesday, Apple wrote that the program “features an iPhone dedicated exclusively to security research, with unique code execution and containment policies.”
Franceschi-Bicchierai doesn’t link to the program itself, but it’s a simple one-page description of eligibility, and an application form that asks for CVE citations. I do not see any mention of cost other that of an Apple developer account. If you are a security researcher based on one of the twenty-three countries where this program is available, you should apply.