As per the report released on 25th April by 9to5Mac,the Apple Focused News Site, the Big Tech firm had removed a test scanner app called Virtual Scanner II in the latest MacOS Ventura 13.4 beta, and thereafter, the Bitcoin white paper was gone.
The technologist Andy Baio in his April 5 blog post disclosed that for the past five years a PDF copy of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper PDF had shipped with every copy of MacOS.The report further revealed that the reason behind the presence of the document within Virtual Scanner II in macOS is still unknown however it was surmised to be “just a joke among Apple engineers,”.
Various popular conspiracy theories have emerged around the incident, among which one claimed that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was Satoshi Nakamoto himself. However, Apple seems to vindicate its name out of such issues and has now removed the document from the latest version of the Mac operating system.
As informed by 9to5, the white paper was in a folder within the Image Capture app and other seemingly random files such as PDFs and images. It further added “This pretty much confirms our original theory that both the Bitcoin white paper and the internal tool were never meant to be found by regular users.”
Along the same lines, a court in California recently accused the tech giant of violating state competition laws by intercepting developers from using alternative in-app payment methods. Hence it is claimed that Apple in this way tried to force non fungible token (NFT) creators and developers to use its personal payments platform, charging a handsome commission of 30% .