For the first time ever, Apple’s approved blockchains and cryptocurrencies have been revealed.
The biggest technology firm in the world did this after reaching out to Anthony Di Iorio, founder of Jaxx, a crypto-currency wallet, to tell him they could no longer feature a version of Jaxx wallet in their store that features Dash functionality.
Jaxx is not the first Bitcoin application shunned from the iOS store, as others including blockchain.info have been removed in the past. Apple’s stance on crypto-currency has seemingly evolved, as revealed in a discussion Apple had with longtime cryptocurrency entrepreneur Di Iorio.
Jaxx released the wallet two weeks ago and everything went smooth. “Then a couple of days ago I receive a message through our resolution center that Apple needs to speak with me,” Dio Iorio told CCN.
Di Iorio then speaks with a representative of the company a couple days later. He’s informed Apple should not have approved Jaxx wallet featuring Dash functions and they don’t approve of Dash, a blockchain some tout as hosting solutions to some of the Ethereum blockchain’s shortcomings. During the unexpected conversation, Di Iorio learned which crypto-currencies Apple approves: Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, the DAO and Ripple. Apple was “tight-lipped” about their reasoning. Di Iorio sprung into action.
“The first task for me was to announce to the Community that I got official word they wanted us to remove the Dash wallet,” he said. He did this by tweeting out the news. The news surprised even seasoned veterans in the crypto-currency community, as Vitalik Buterin opposed Apple’s decision. Di Iorio and Buterin have spurned ventures together in the past, including Ethereum, one of the accepted six crypto-currencies on the Apple platform. Di Iorio began outlining what Dash is going to do.
“My first thing was to be transparent,” he said.
He’s perplexed Apple has designated a list of official cryptocurrencies. “I think they probably have some concerns as a private company and want to protect their customers and want their store to be controlled. It’s a business decision.”
While Di Iorio plans on Jaxx returning to Apple’s store less Dash functionality, for now the platform is available on seven other online avenues, including Google and Android. This gives Di Iorio the confidence that the product will remain widely available. He notes Apple’s decision makes them seem a bit behind the times when compared to Google and Android.
Images from Shutterstock and Jaxx.