The bitcoin community isnt too happy about Apple banning the last available bitcoin wallet from its App Store. Many of those who truly believe in the digital currency are now smashing their iPhones in protest of Apples policy and in the hopes of winning a free Android phone.
These rather amusing protests show just how much bitcoin means to the true believers, but it also highlights the tension between these zealots and the everyday world. Apples ban may be a response to uncertainty over how government regulators will treat the digital currency.
Apple banned the popular Blockchain wallet yesterday, and the protest started very early this morning when, on the popular discussion site reddit, someone named round-peg promised to hand out Nexus 5 phones to people who posted videos of themselves smashing working iPhones one phone for every 100 up-votes on the site. The post was quickly up-voted to the front of reddit, and then removed, apparently for violating reddits policy, which prohibits reddit vote manipulation.
The first person to do it was Jeremy a missionary on furlough from Argentina, who asked that we not use his last name. He smashed his iPhone with a steel bar, whispering as he did it because it was the middle of the night, and he didnt want to wake up his wife and kids. Go bitcoin. Down with Apple, he says after obliterating the device: