In July, Apple launched an Apple Security Research Device Program for developers. Now the tech giant says it’s preparing to ship specially-configured iPhones that are equipped with unique code execution and containment policies to support security research.
Apple says the program is designed to help improve security for all iOS users, bring more researchers to iPhone, and improve efficiency for those who already work on iOS security. The Apple Security Device Program features a smartphone dedicated exclusively to security research, with unique code execution and containment policies. The Security Research Device (SRD) is intended for use in a controlled setting for security research only.
SRDs are provided on a 12-month renewable basis and remain the property of Apple. The company notes that they’re not meant for personal use or daily carry, and must remain on the premises of program participants at all times. Access to and use of SRDs must be limited to people authorized by Apple.