Nishtha KanalFeb 06, 2014 14:33:52 IST
Apple is clearly not fond of Bitcoin. In yet another blow to the virtual currency's ecosystem, the Cupertino-based company has yanked out Bitcoin wallet app, Blockchain, from its App Store.
Supposedly the world’s most popular Bitcoin app, Blockchain was booted out of the App Store by Apple on Wednesday. The move comes as quite a bit of a surprise considering that Blockchain had been on the App Store for over two years and was used by about 120,000 people the world over to send and receive the digital currency.
In a blog post titled “Blockchain’s response to Apple,” the team wrote a scathing response to the company for snuffing the app out. The team quoted the ultra popular “Here’s to the crazy ones” posters of Apple that the company had put out at the height of the Think Different campaign and spoke about “The misfits, the rebels and the troublemakers.” Blockchain wrote, “Perhaps Apple should have added a disclaimer: “As long as the ‘rebels’ don’t threaten our profit margin”. The rebels no longer run the show at Apple Inc, the beancounters are now firmly in charge.”
The team explained that the last remaining Bitcoin wallet app on iOS was removed without any explanation and without any apparent change in circumstances. Blockchain believes that since Bitcoin was becoming a competition to Apple’s own payment system, Apple removed the app to eliminate competition in a heavy-handed manner.
Drawing comparisons to the Android ecosystem, Blockchain says that while Apple is spending its time banishing Bitcoin related apps from its system, Google had been approving them by hundreds. Earlier, Google had asserted that it had no plans of its own to integrate Bitcoin into its own payment system.
Coinpunk.com’s Kyle Drake has spoken up for Blockchain too. “Bitcoin users, we need your help. We need you to take a stand against Apple, make noise, complain, and show Apple that there will be consequences to their actions,” he writes as he introduces a petition aimed at Apple to allow Bitcoin wallets back on iOS. “We need a mobile Bitcoin client, and if Apple won't deliver one, we'll move to Android,” it says ominously.