Apple’s iOS Security Research Device program will be available to researchers with a track record of high-quality security research on any platform, so not every regular developer will be able to access these devices. The handsets will come with ssh, a root shell, and advanced debug capabilities, all designed to make it easier for security researchers to spot bugs.
Nice initiative, I guess, but obviously anybody should be able to turn their iPhone into a device like this.
A rooted iphone would sell well too. Of course the reason apple doesn’t do it is because they still want to block competing app stores and force owners and devs to use apple as the middle man.