Apple has removed a number of Bitcoin-related iOS applications from its proprietary online App Store. While in some cases, Apple failed to even give a proper reason for this measure, other app developers have received notifications from Apple that Bitcoin payment functionality, in a stricter sense, needed to be removed for their apps to stay “acceptable” for Apple’s platform.
The move has resulted in the disappearance of usable Bitcoin payment applications for Apple iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Only apps showing Bitcoin wallet balances or general prices on Bitcoin exchanges continue to be “permissible” for Apple. In effect, all truly useful Bitcoin applications for the widely used Apple devices have thus been censored out of existence by the company.
Apple’s policy has infuriated a large number of mobile device users. As a short-term result, a number of fixes for the problems caused by unavailable official App Store programs supporting Bitcoin have already appeared. These are only functional on jail-broken iOS devices though. (“Jail breaking” means removing existing and re-installing modified versions of the operating system onto original devices in order to circumvent DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) technologies present in standard Apple items.)
The reason for Apple’s fight against Bitcoin is that the company is struggling to introduce their its own payment system to Apple mobile device users. Apple’s planned system is said to be designed for PoS payments (point-of-sale payments) and to also be suitable for very small payments useful for e g music or movie downloads from Apple’s proprietary iTunes platform.
Forcing users to not use Bitcoin seems to be “okay” then for a large corporation trying to, obviously increasingly desperately, introduce something they see as the next big thing into the market predominantly for their own good, not the users’ who would certainly benefit much more from using low-cost and reliable Crypto currency payments such as Bitcoin.