Apple Removes World's Most Popular Bitcoin Wallet from the App Store
Apple recently removed Blockchain from the App Store due to an “unresolved issue,” leaving roughly 120,000 users of the only iOS-compatible Bitcoin trading and storage app available. Blockchain CEO Nicolas Cary told Wired
that Apple didn’t offer a detailed explanation as to why the app was pulled, saying only that the title was “removed from the App Store due to an unresolved issue.”
With over one million users worldwide using software on numerous operating systems, Blockchain is touted as the “world’s most popular” wallet service for Bitcoins. Apple’s move may not come as a surprise to some as the company has a history of denying app submissions that allow users to trade the world’s most popular digital currency.
In November, an iOS Bitcoin wallet app from San Francisco startup Coinbase was removed, while another from Gliph was forced to disable transactions in order to stay in the App Store according to Bloomberg
. Being a peer-to-peer “virtual currency” that exists only in the digital realm, Bitcoin has been met with resistance from governments that hate to recognize it as a legitimate form of money. Most Bitcoin trading occurs online but exchanges that convert Bitcoins to traditional currencies like dollars and euros do exist.
Although the US doesn’t have any written laws against the trade of Bitcoins, Apple’s multinational App Store requires developers adhere to the laws of the territory in which their apps are offered. This doesn’t explain however why the Blockchain app was yanked from all areas after being active in the App Store debut in 2012.
The apparent demise of Blockchain for iOS leaves Bitcoin traders no recourse on Apple’s mobile system, though price tracking apps like Coinbits and Bitcoin Tracker are still available.