Have you ever wondered where the Bitcoin whitepaper could be hiding? According to a recent discovery, the document is actually included in every modern copy of macOS since Mojave in 2018. The PDF version of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin whitepaper is apparently found in every version of macOS from Mojave to the current Ventura version, but not in High Sierra or earlier versions.
To check for yourself, simply open Terminal and type in the command:
open /System/Library/Image\ Capture/Devices/VirtualScanner.app/Contents/Resources/simpledoc.pdf
or navigate to the file directly in Finder. The Bitcoin PDF should open in Preview immediately for macOS 10.14 or later. However, the reason behind this inclusion is still unknown. The whitepaper is used as a sample document for a device called “Virtual Scanner II” in the Image Capture utility, which is either hidden or not installed by default for everyone. Some have speculated that it may power the “Import from iPhone” feature.
Josh D. has shared this over Twitter,
Ok, found this in /System/Library/Image Capture/Devices/ pic.twitter.com/CjTXMjrfMW— Josh D (@schwa23) November 28, 2020
Interestingly, the file is named “simpledoc.pdf” and is only 184 KB. It could have just been a lightweight multipage PDF for testing purposes. Nevertheless, it’s an intriguing discovery, as there are only a few references to the Virtual Scanner II device and the whitepaper file online. If you have any insights into this mystery, feel free to share in the comments.
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