Apple has dealt a blow for Dash users looking to use the cryptocurrency on the iOS platform after telling multi-platform cryptocurrency wallet Jaxx to remove Dash from its iOS app.
Apple is unwilling to let Dash – the eight largest cryptocurrency in the world by market cap – onto its App Store, according to revelations by crypto-wallet Jaxx founder Anthony Di Iorio.
Cryptocurrency enthusiasts will remember Apple’s strict moderating policies when it removed Blockchain’s bitcoin wallet iOS app back in 2014. At the time, the application was the last wallet app on the App Store and the move sparked backlash from the cryptocurrency community. It wasn’t long before Apple reversed its anti-bitcoin stance, allowing mobile wallets to regain a presence in the App Store. Blockchain was the first bitcoin wallet to be reinstated to the App Store in late July 2014.
However, Apple’s goodwill toward cryptocurrencies, as it turns out, does not extend to Dash.
Anthony Di Iorio, founder of cryptocurrency wallet Jaxx revealed that Apple wasn’t happy about its integration of the cryptocurrency.
On his social media account, Di Iorio wrote:
Soon enough, he also revealed what Apple considers as “approved” virtual currencies.
For its part, Jaxx has seemingly removed Dash from its iOS app, while insisting that move does not affect its integration of the cryptocurrency from its other platforms.
Apple’s blunt refusal of Dash has predictably received criticism from many cryptocurrency enthusiasts. Most notable of all, perhaps, was Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin:
It has been less than a fortnight since Jaxx integrated Dash among its roster of supported cryptocurrencies that previously included bitcoin, Ethereum and DAO tokens.
For Dash, August proved to be a memorable month which saw the cryptocurrency scale beyond the 70 million mark in market cap for the first time since the digital currency came into existence in early 2014. At the time of publishing, its market cap stands at $77 million, losing over 3.2% of its value in the past 24 hours with a trading volume of over $825,000.
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Last modified (UTC): September 1, 2016 18:46