Over a week ago, Apple announced that they’ll once again be allowing digital currency wallets in the App Store. Apple did not previously allow digital currency wallet applications, while Google phones have allowed digital currency wallet applications for quite a while now. Coin Pocket, a new Bitcoin mobile wallet application for iPhone devices, was released on the App Store yesterday.
[dropcap size=”small”]T[/dropcap]he application, which is called ‘Coin Pocket‘, requires iOS 7.1 or later. It’s compatible with iPod touches, iPhones, and iPads. It takes up 581 kilobytes of spaces, which is not much at all. Coin Pocket was released yesterday, June 13th, by the developer Enriquez Software LLC. The official website is https://coinpocketapp.com.
Coin Pocket revealed that the Apple App Store review team sent them a notification that the review of their application would take additional time – unsurprising, considering that Apple only recently announced their acceptance of digital currency mobile wallet applications. I’m sure Apple also took time to ensure that the application had no way of stealing the user’s Bitcoins.
— Coin Pocket (@CoinPocket) June 9, 2014
Trying it out
First, I downloaded the app. Over WiFi, the download took all but one second. After opening it, I noticed that the app had a sleek portrait and landscape view. I then had to create and confirm a password and shake my device to create entropy (randomness) so that I didn’t get the same private keys as someone else. I was given a wallet address; I copied my address and messaged it to myself. From my computer, I sent Bitcoins to my Coin Pocket wallet address. For Coin Pocket, you need to wait for a few confirmations before being able to send Bitcoins. Now, I wanted to send Bitcoins to my friend. They gave me their Bitcoin address and I created a QR code for it using https://bitcoinqrcode.org. I then scanned the QR code from the application and it auto-filled in my friend’s Bitcoin address. I inputted that I wanted to send .0002 Bitcoins to my friend, and pressed send. It worked! My friend received his Bitcoins immediately.
This app does everything it’s expected – receive Bitcoins, have the ability to scan QR codes to autofill wallet address information, and send Bitcoins. I’m extremely pleased with this wallet and will highly consider using it for my in-person Bitcoin transactions.
Coin Pocket is open source, which means anyone can view the code for it and suggest edits to improve it. The source code is available at GitHub. Being open source makes it much more trustworthy. However, the source code is not for the iPhone application; it’s for the web application, which can be accessed at https://btc.coinpocketapp.com. I learned so from reddit, where who seems to be the developer of the application said this.
More to come?
This mobile wallet is certainly the first of many. While many mobile wallets were accessible on Apple mobile products via HTML (using a web browser), actual applications are generally preferred. Blockchain.info owned a popular mobile wallet before Apple removed it from the App Store; I’m sure that wallet will appear again soon.
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