So far, Apple has offered the maximum reward for finding the weakness of its mobile system at "just" $ 200,000 (around 4.5 million kroner). However, Chief of Staff Ivan Krstic announced major changes at the Black Hat conference. In the fall, it will completely change the list of bug reports and significantly raise the maximum amount to $ 1 million.
Everyone who reports to Apple and describes how to gain full control of their current iPhone, as well as other iCloud, tvOS, iPadOS, watchOS and macOS devices, without physical contact with the device, gets it.
Up to $ 500,000 will be given to those who report other types of potential security threats to such devices. This includes breaking iPhone protection by recognizing the owner's face or unlocking the device based on the app you installed. For each award, Apple will add an additional 50 percent if you find it in the pre-release test version.
Such amounts are of course justified. It is not uncommon for other private companies or even government organizations to pay even more to detect such errors. However, the worst case scenario for Apple would be to find someone with an error detected, instead of someone who intends to misuse this information for illegal activities such as collecting personal information. Therefore, Apple is not ashamed to offer hackers such high amounts.