Outcry as Apple bans Blockchain Bitcoin Wallet App

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Blockchain, the last remaining native Bitcoin wallet app for iPhone and iPad has been removed from the Apple App Store.

This follows earlier bans on Coinjar and Coinbase and the forced removal of Bitcoin transactions from the Gliph encrypted messaging app.

Whilst Apple users who've already downloaded Bitcoin wallets will still be able to use them, they will not be able to receive updates and will lose the app if they need to reset their devices.

For Mac users the desktop version of Blockchain has also been banned although it can still be loaded via a non-Apple source thanks to the virtues of a more open OS X. Even so Blockchain have been quick to condemn Apple's move on their blog stating,

"These actions by Apple once again demonstrate the anti­-competitive and capricious nature of the App Store policies that are clearly focused on preserving Apple’s monopoly on payments rather than based on any consideration of the needs and desires of their users"

As with previous Bitcoin bans Apple's reasoning is suspiciously hazy stating the removal was down to 'unresolved issues'. As Blockchains aspertions highlight there could be a silent agenda on Apple's part to bring out their own mobile payment apps where popular and long-established Bitcoin wallets would offer stiff competition.

Even with developers such as Coinpunk working to make browser based apps that Apple can't ban there's evident disdain from the Bitcoin community likely to result in a mass migration of Bitcoiners from Apple to Android. Despite Google offering its own 'Google Wallet' payment system direct competition is nurtured with several Bitcoin Wallet options on Android still getting development. 

For those who wish to voice their own dissatisfaction with Apple's actions there is a petition you can sign on Change.org.

 

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