On Wednesday, it was reported that FBI has contracted Cellebrite, an Israeli software provider specializing in mobile phone forensics, for $15,000 to break into the iPhone.
It is believed that Cellebrite knows of a flaw in the iPhone which could allow circumvention of iOS' built-in security layers.
Cellebrite could have worked with Apple on this flaw, but it chose to help FBI instead.
It doesn't take rocket science to understand why Cellebrite chose to take the other route.
The New York Times says that many security firms and hackers would love to work with Apple to further improve its products, but they don't because of a lack of incentive.
There's little to no monetary incentive in helping the company with finding loopholes in its products. Apple -- unlike a number of Silicon Valley giants including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Mozilla, and recently added to the list, Uber -- doesn't maintain a Bug Bounty program.
The company has yet to give hackers anything more than a gold star.
When hackers do turn over serious flaws in its products, they may see their name listed on the company's website -- but that is it.
That is a far cry from what hackers can expect if they sell an Apple flaw on the thriving underground market where a growing number of companies and government agencies are willing to pay hackers handsomely.