In a recent report by Apple-focused news site 9to5Mac, it was revealed that Apple has quietly removed the Bitcoin white paper from the latest MacOS beta. The white paper had been included in all versions of the Mac operating system since 2018, and was found within a test scanner app called Virtual Scanner II. It’s still unclear why the white paper was included in the app, but it was believed to be a joke among Apple engineers.
The Bitcoin white paper PDF, authored by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, was discovered by technologist Andy Baio in every copy of MacOS over the past five years. The document had been hiding in plain sight, within the Virtual Scanner II app, and nobody had any idea why it was there.
Some people have speculated that the inclusion of the white paper was a nod to the growing interest in Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, or that it was a tribute to Satoshi Nakamoto, who is still unknown to this day. Other, wilder conspiracy theories have even emerged, such as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs being Satoshi Nakamoto. However, there is no evidence to support these claims.
Despite the various theories, it seems that Apple has now decided to remove the white paper from the latest version of the Mac operating system. While some people may be disappointed by this decision, it’s important to note that Apple has not provided any explanation for why it made this move.
It’s unclear what this means for the future of cryptocurrencies on Apple’s platforms, or if there will be any further changes to the way that the company approaches Bitcoin and other digital currencies. For now, it seems that we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.
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