It can be interpreted as a great sign of respect for Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto: Satoshi’s white paper was secretly hidden in macOS systems of the 2018 Mojave version. Although Apple hardly supports cryptocurrencies publicly, the Easter surprise could be interpreted as a clear indication that the company is clearly interested in cryptocurrency. But where did the white paper come from and does Apple have any other plans for Bitcoin?
Blogger discovers a white paper
The amazing tribute to Satoshi Nakamoto was spotted by a tech blogger who found the file on his macOS system. Software developer and Mac expert Andy Baio discovered that every macOS version since 2018 has included a Bitcoin whitepaper. In addition, Baio also provides instructions on how to get BTC instructions:
The Virtual Scanner II tool displays the blank paper in the Image Capture Utility. To see it, users can open a terminal on their Mac and type a specific command. Alternatively, you can also navigate through the system folder in the Finder.
The white paper outlines a decentralized digital currency blueprint based on a peer-to-peer network, a public ledger, and a mathematical problem called ‘proof of work’.
Where is the white paper from?
Why is Apple hiding the Bitcoin white paper in its operating system? It is known that the CEO Tim Cook is the owner of cryptocurrencies. He himself confirmed this in 2021. Still, it remains uncertain whether the decision to include the document was made consciously or as a result of oversight by bitcoin fans at the Apple company. Both seem possible. It could also be due to simply forgetting to test the functions. Finally, the document is quite compact.
Although the Easter Egg is now public again, a blog post from a member of the Apple community from 2021 revealed the presence of the white paper in the systems already. Back in 2020, Twitter user Josh D saw the special Virtual Scanner II tool on his Mac, which previewed a shield painted like a photo of Thomas Hawk. After a bit of research, the Twitter detective also noticed that a PDF file of the legendary Bitcoin white paper was included. However, the exact purpose of the Virtual Scanner II was not clear. So far, no explanation has been given by Apple or its employees. So the measurement is unresolved.
Here’s a mystery: why do I have an Image Capture device called Virtual Scanner II on my Mac? It shows a preview of a painted sign that closely resembles a photo for some reason @thomashawk on ‘clustershot’? But not exactly – the scanned version looks more weathered. pic.twitter.com/jPb5kx3NyS
— Josh D (@schwa23) November 28, 2020
According to U Today, Baio was told by a “reliable source” that the issue was reported internally nearly a year ago and attributed to the same engineer who originally inserted the PDF into the system. So far, however, he has not taken any action.
What are Apple’s Bitcoin plans?
Apple has been working behind the scenes on integration with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for several years now. In the past, the company has launched various initiatives aimed at supporting and promoting Bitcoin. Only this year the group announced that the new framework “CryptoKit” would be integrated into the iOS 13 system. This should enable developers to perform cryptographic processes securely and efficiently.
These new features suggest that Apple will provide an integrated hardware wallet for the iPhone and its other operating systems for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. It may even be possible to buy Bitcoin without fees soon.
Twitter also with crypto campaign: Doge logo replaces Vogel
Apple’s Easter surprise comes with other bitcoin-space news. Twitter boss Elon Musk recently used the logo of the crypto memes “Dogecoin” as a replacement for Twitter’s stylized bird logo. Crypto View reported. In the meantime everything is back to normal, but this year Easter is of course going in the spirit of cryptocurrencies. The courses also show that some investors decided to buy one meme coin or another over the holidays.
Elon Musk made everyone twitter like doge because he was sued 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/bR5rJtV6Vt
— Blue! 🌸 (@BlueFolf) April 3, 2023
The new cryptocurrency Deelance wants to take advantage of this as well. The project has now started a presale and early investors should be able to connect their wallets and buy the tokens at the presale price. The pre-sale is divided into different stages and in each of these stages the price rises successively.
DeeLance sees itself as a Web 3.0 interface for freelancers. The search filters on this fledgling job platform are said to be powered by advanced algorithms, which aim to enable users to quickly find the right job or the perfect freelancer.
Users should be able to easily chat with contractors or employers on the platform, send and request payments securely and take advantage of the platform’s decentralized architecture. The data should be treated confidentially thanks to blockchain. The connection of so-called non-mungible tokens (NFTs) is particularly interesting. DeeLance converts freelance work into digital tokens in the form of NFTs. This helps ensure that recruiters remain in control of the work they are paying for and protects against issues such as payment fraud and copyright infringement.
With the Easter Eggs, Apple has shown again that the group is slowly but surely trying to integrate cryptocurrencies in their systems. Even if it is not clear whether the Bitcoin whitepaper was intentionally loaded into the macOS systems, the signs seem clear. The most recent example of this is certainly the BTC wallet integration via the “CryptoKit” framework. Everything else remains to be seen.
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