Remember how Apple pulled all the cryptocurrency apps back in January? With the news that Apple would once again be allowing digital currency wallets, Blockchain has been working on re-releasing their wallet app, and it’s finally here.
Those with jailbroken Iphones were able to bypass Apple’s restrictive App Store and download the Blockchain app through Cydia, the App Store-equivalent for jailbroken phones. Those without jailbroken phones were left with a choice to either be left without any bitcoin wallet or jailbreak their phone. However jailbreaking your phone comes with the risk of blocking your phone, and the hassle of having to jailbreak after every Apple update, but now Blockchain is back on the App Store.
Blockchain was the most downloaded Bitcoin wallet on the Itunes store and was also the last wallet to be shut down by Apple. Users of the app reacted strongly to Blockchain being pulled from the Itunes store, yet Apple stood by their decisions until March. In March, they reversed their decision and their new regulatory guidelines state:
“Apps may facilitate transmission of approved virtual currencies provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions.“
Now that the restrictions have been lifted, Blockchain has returned to the App Store with the latest iOS Wallet. This marks the first Bitcoin wallet to be reinstalled in the App Store this year. Nicolas Cary, the CEO of Blockchain, made the announcement and today stated,
“The new iOS Wallet has been completely rewritten from the ground up with an emphasis on security and usability. A beautiful and simple user experience has been designed to make Bitcoin easier than ever to use for new consumers around the world.
‘We’re very excited to continue investing in iOS again and working with Apple to reimagine how the world transacts,’ says Nicolas Cary, CEO of Blockchain.”
Bitcoin having a presence on the App Store not only provides Bitcoin users with a way to take their coins with them, but it goes a long way to legitimize Bitcoin and strengthens the community. Blockchain is the most popular Bitcoin wallet in the world with over 1.9 million users and now will be the first wallet added back to the App Store.
Taking into consideration Blockchains success before being pulled, I’d expect their app to be just as widely used as before if not more. The app looks sleek and easy to use, and it’s feeling and appearance mimicking banking apps. It aesthetically pleasing and feels intuitive to use. The added security is a must have when taking into the consideration you might forget your Iphone on the subway.
For those of us who didn’t break our Iphones and purchased Android phones, it’s time to head to the App Store.