The wall around Apple’s garden just got ten feet taller! The snobbish American firm best known for selling Chinese-made subpar smartphones for luxury prices, removing standard plugs so that they can sell overpriced adapters, and of course gross tax avoidance has reportedly again decided to limit its users access to different types of cryptocurrencies.
Apple has removed from its app store the mobile edition of ShapeShift, the service that allows users to instantly cross-convert dozens of cryptocurrencies and blockchain assets. The firm has evidently provided no notice to users and the link to the iOS app from ShapeShift’s website is simply redirected to the main iTunes page.
Despite this lack of transparency on Apple’s part we have every reason to believe this was done due to the fact that ShapeShift supports a variety of assets, some of which are no longer approved by the app store team. Late last month the founder of Jaxx, Anthony Di Iorio, revealed on social media that representatives of the corporation have demanded the removal of the Dash support feature from the wallet app.
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According to Di Iorio, Apple now bans any asset other than Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Doge, Ripple and TheDAO.
— Anthony Di Iorio (@diiorioanthony) August 31, 2016
Despite this exclusionary approach to cryptocurrencies, Apple still allows dangerous scam wallets on its app store, for which it needs the Bitcoin community’s help to fight the phenomenon.