Apple’s Anti-Bitcoin Action Sparks a Backlash
Will Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) recent decision to remove a popular Bitcoin app from the App Store come back to haunt the company? Apple recently pulled Blockchain, an iOS app that allows users to transmit and receive bitcoins, from its App Store. Apple cited “an unresolved issue” as the reason behind Blockchain’s withdrawal in an email to Blockchain.info CEO Nicolas Cary, reports Bloomberg.
The move has prompted some backlash from iPhone users that support the digital currency, including SecondMarket Inc. CEO Barry Silbert, reports Bloomberg. “I’m switching,” Silbert told Bloomberg. “Shopping for a new phone this weekend.”
Other Bitcoin enthusiasts have expressed their displeasure with Apple in more demonstrative ways. Several iPhone owners posted videos depicting themselves destroying their devices in protest of Apple’s decision. In one video that can be seen below, an iPhone owner explained why he was destroying his iPhone 5 and switching to another platform. “I am very pro-Bitcoin and I would like to switch to a device that is pro-Bitcoin,” he stated before shattering his iPhone with a tire iron.
Apple has long been accused of being “anti-Bitcoin,” since Blockchain is not the first Bitcoin app that Apple has booted from its tightly-controlled App Store. As previously reported by TechCrunch, Bitcoin trading platform Coinbase had its iOS app pulled from the App Store last November. Similar to Blockchain, Coinbase allowed users to transmit and receive bitcoins through a virtual “wallet,” as well as check their account balances. Apple also recently removed Bitcoin payment app Gliph from the App Store, although a version without the ability to send bitcoins was later allowed back into the App Store.