Apple Pulls Blockchain App From The App Store

Apple Pulls Blockchain App From The App Store

Apple has once again removed the popular Blockchain Wallet app from its App Stores, citing “an unresolved issue”.

This move comes as no surprise to some, as it seems Apple have been systematically removing apps related to Bitcoin from the App Store such as Coinbase and CoinJar.

Blockchain, which had over 120,000 downloads and had been available on the iOS App Store for over two years, was the last full Bitcoin wallet app remaining for IOS users.

Although existing users of the app are unaffected, the move means that there won’t be any further updates to the app, nor will users be able to restore it if deleted from their device.

On the positive side, Apple lovers can still download the app for their Mac computers.

Apple has previously told Bitcoin App developers that they need to “comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users.”

Glyph, a wallet viewing app, was allowed to remain on sale only after they removed the ability to send Bitcoins from the app, leading to speculation that Apple may be about to launch its own mobile payment system with the iPhone 6.

Developers of Glyph are more philosophical. In their blog, they said:

we wonder if Apple simply doesn’t want to police useful Bitcoin apps in the App Store because they perceive the legal ambiguity of the currency as more trouble than it is worth. Bitcoin is still in an early-adopter phase and probably the majority of Apple’s customers are unaware the currency exists and not looking for these types of apps anyway. Better to avoid this type of software for now, and take the option to change their mind in the future

Until Apple’s position becomes clearer, all the Bitcoin community can do is petition Apple to change their mind.

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