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Apple on Thursday pulled from its App Store the last remaining Bitcoin wallet app that allowed transactions. Blockchain, the only Bitcoin trading and storage iOS app, has been downloaded 120,000 times. It can no longer be found on the App Store following the removal over an “unresolved issue”.

Nicolas Cary, the CEO of London-based Blockchain.info which developed the app, told Bloomberg he didn’t understand Apple’s reasoning as his app’s been on the App Store for two years.

Apple previously pulled Bitcoin-compatible apps from the App Store or asked their developers to remove the transfer feature because it’s illegal in some countries…

According to Bloomberg, Cary received an e-mail from Apple saying his app was withdrawn “due to an unresolved issue”.

“We’ve been there two years,” Cary said in an interview. “What did they just discover that is now unresolved?”

A notice on the Blockchain.info website states that the app is still available as a free download, but with limited features. “Due to restrictions from Apple the Bitcoin wallet functionality is not available in the App Store version,” the website states. However, at post time Blockchain was unavailable in the US App Store.

Jailbroken users can find the app in TheBigBoss repository on Cydia.

Apple’s agreement that all registered iOS developers are required to sign clearly states that Bitcoin apps may not include content that “enables, facilitates or encourages an activity” that some countries may deem illegal.

Bloomberg explains:

As a virtual currency, Bitcoins exist only as software and transactions are completed via computing devices. With merchants from car dealers and Web stores accepting the digital money, mobile apps have become a popular commerce tool.

At the same time, some governments including China and India have questioned Bitcoin’s legal status. Since Apple requires apps to be legal in all territories that they’re offered, many Bitcoin-related programs for Apple’s iOS mobile software don’t offer the ability to send money.

Apple previously removed Coinbase and Gliph apps that would allow users to send and receive Bitcoins. After Gliph at Apple’s request removed the transfer feature, the app re-surfaced on the App Store.

Have you used Bitcoin-compatible apps for the iPhone?

  • noe padilla

    what is bitcoin?

    • Dan

      been living under a rock I see

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Maybe if Apple didn’t pull all the bitcoin wallet apps from the AppStore you’d know this. What I’d like to know though is why is PayPal still in the AppStore. If they’re pulling bitcoin wallets then surely PayPal should get the axe too?

      • M_thoroughbred

        How you figure that? PayPal is tied in to a financial institution.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Which is different to Bitcoin how? You make and receive payments with PayPal and you do the same with Bitcoin. If Bitcoin is illegal then so is every form of currency that exists in this world…

  • mrgerbik

    Apple wanting to corner the mobile payspace i reckon. Its a shame Apple is helping to dissuade users from using crypto … they are probably shooting themselves in the foot

    • Mustang5Oh

      lol I highly doubt that.

      • mrgerbik

        highly doubt what?

    • kommentelgeto

      Yeah, so many people are wandering around with their bitcoin wallets paying for their morning coffee nowadays.

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    glad I started using it last week, close call o.O*

  • ZiiG

    The reason why they are pulling these is because people are paying for drugs (real drugs, heroin, cocaine,MDMA, Methamphtamine) from the Deep Dark Web using using special browsers that keep you untraceable. These underground online markets use bitcoins for transactions and leave buyers completely untraceable. In order to control the underground Internet drug market…they attack bitcoin users (since actually tracing the dealers and buyers is very very very difficult with the methods these people use to transfer funds via bitcoin accounts).

    • JustMe

      Also people are using torrents to pirate. Does that mean we should ban torrent clients? Oh wait, Apple already does that.
      You are going to be shocked, but people are NOT using Bitcoins only for illegal activities…

      • ZiiG

        Of course people are not using bitcoins ONLY for illegal purposes. How you got that false statement from my post is beyond my range of thought. The fact of the matter is…Silk Road has been shut down with millions of dollars worth bitcoins confiscated. Hmmmmm…billion dollar drug markets get seized along with millions worth of bitcoins and 2 weeks later Apple is pulling all bitcoin managing apps from the AppStore. Does this really sound like a coincidence?

    • Yahia

      Yea I remember a friend of mine got shipped some drugs in a watch from a site called silkroad or something. That stuff is only accessible through tor though, (or was) I believe it was taken down by the authorities a couple of days ago.

  • JustMe

    If you have a jailbroken device, you can download the app from Cydia.

    • ConduciveMammal

      What’s it called?

      • mrgerbik

        blockchain

  • “Due to an unresolved issue”

    Lame reason.