Apple Removes Bitcoin App 'Blockchain' From App Store

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Blockchain, a wallet app that allows users to send and receive the digital currency Bitcoin, has been removed from the App Store, according to Bloomberg.
    Cary told Bloomberg that he didn't understand the timing of the removal of the app, as it has been in the App Store for two years.

    Late last year, Apple removed Bitcoin buying and trading platform Coinbase from the App Store and, more recently, Apple required the developers behind Gliph, a secure messaging platform that allowed Bitcoin transfers, to remove the transfer feature in order to keep its app on the App Store.

    Blockchain's removal is another chapter in Apple's tumultuous relationship with Bitcoin apps. The company has told developers behind Bitcoin-related apps that they may not include content that "enables, facilitates or encourages an activity" that some countries deem illegal. App Store Review Guidelines require that apps be legal in all locations in which the app is available.

    Article Link: Apple Removes Bitcoin App 'Blockchain' From App Store
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    I'm sure there are tons of apps that would violate laws in some countries... Why do they have to discriminate this??
  3. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    This is when the App Store model fails.

    Company removes app, not because it can be harmful to the network or system, but because of political issues.

    The App Store model works in many ways, but this is the big flaw that really needs to be fixed.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2009
    New York
    This is so silly. This is like removing apps that transfer money like PayPal or Chase because US Dollars may be used to fund or facilitate criminal activity. This has to stop.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2009
    The coming months will be when we find out whether Apple is still a company that embraces innovation. Bitcoin represents financial innovation, and that will prove to be disruptive to the status quo. I'm hoping Apple pulls an "iTunes" and revolutionizes payment systems much like the $.99 song did to the music industry.

    I don't know what their mobile payment plans are, but they need to seriously address the Bitcoin issue as it is only going to get more and more prevalent.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    Apple, ya dun goofed.

    "Here's to the crazy ones. They change things. They invent. They push the human race forward."

    Let Apple know how you feel about this. This is a technology that could transform the world, especially developing nations with high transaction fees.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    How terrible of Apple to have to follow the laws of countries where they do business.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2014
    Kinda like how BitTorrent is great for downloading legal stuff. Bitcoins are for criminals to use.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2009
    As someone who follows bitcoin, there isn't a single country where the currency (or any cryptocurrency) is illegal or outlawed.

    Apple is also working on a major payment initiative...
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2014
    Good, further distance the masses from Monopoly money.
  11. macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    My guess is that it has more to do with their policy of not allowing purchases through apps unless those apps use Apple's payment system. Can't buy movies through Amazon Prime or Hulu? Can't buy digital music through Google Play or Amazon MP3? Or Kindle? Yep, this is about Apple wanting a piece of the transaction pie, sadly.
  12. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    BitTorret is great for downloading legal stuff. Blizzard heavily utilizes BitTorrets for distributing their games, patches, and videos. I wouldn't be remotely surprised if other companies that need to distribute massive files to their customers also use it.

    BitCoins are a great international currency that doesn't depend on any laws set by any government. That, actually, may be the part leading to the legal troubles: how do you tax it?
  13. macrumors 603


    Feb 11, 2008
    You forgot to mention anyone using a jail broken iphone is stealing from the App Store... Pffft! Open your mind bro !!!
  14. macrumors 68030


  15. macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2008
  16. macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2013
    So yesterday Bitcoins were outlawed in ~150 countries? And nobody besides Apple knows?
  17. macrumors 68040


    May 10, 2010
  18. macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    This is weird, because they had a dumbed down version to make sure it could stay in the appstore. Afaik, you could only view your wallet, not make or receive anything. It didn't even give the QR code for it.

    So why would they remove that? This is why the full version on the Cydia store is better.
  19. macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2012
    So is real money. What's your point?
  20. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Bitcoin is a waste of energy. People buy expensive hardware and waste tons of energy to create "bit coins" which have no value except that assigned by the "greater fool" theory. (To remind people: You would be a fool to buy bitcoin, but you hope that a greater fool will come and buy it off you for more money).

    Anything to get rid of bitcoin or reduce their usage should be appreciated. Especially a company like Apple that is proud of their green credentials should absolutely do everything to stomp on bitcoin.
  21. macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2006
    FYI, Bitcoin is banned in China and Thailand. It's illegal to trade, import or export Bitcoins in Thailand. China government is not so extreme; it's not illegal to hold Bitcoins in China, but the you still can't trade with Bitcoin either.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2013
    It's a currency, albeit a virtual one. It has no more intrinsic value in itself than other artificial currencies (such as the dollar and the pound). When you dig down deep into what the value of money really means, the whole system degrades into meaningless nonsense.

    For example, when you look in your wallet to find nice crisp bank notes, you could be forgiven for thinking that someone worked hard somewhere, or produced something useful, in order for those notes to mysteriously appear.

    But you'd be wrong. The overwhelming majority of money in circulation (well over 90%) is plain and simple debt, conjured into existence by banks when people take out loans. The banks don't have all that money to lend, not by a long shot, but they are permitted to manufacture nearly the whole loan amount out of thin air.

    It's a funny old world. I wish I could be allowed to get up to the same trick myself.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2006
    team apple - world police

    when can we expect this one to hit piratebay ... sorry i meant theaters?
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
    Haha you have no idea what youre talking about

    Ever heard of gdp? Or inflation?

    The existance of money and the amount of it is connected to what?
  25. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2012

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