Millennius Stops All Sales Of iPhones To Protest Apple’s Removal Of Blockchain.info’s iOS App; Hopes Overstock Will Follow Suit

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February 7, 2014

Paul Vigna of WSJ’s new Bitbeat recently published an article detailing how Bitcoiners are not happy about Apple’s removal of Blockchain’s iOS app.  One redditor even shot his iPhone in a show to protest Apple.

Millennius drops Apple iPhones.

Here at CCN, we recently published Millennius’ last 6 months worth of Bitcoin data from their longtime acceptance and promotion of Bitcoin in Australia. Millennius has now been recognized by the Bitcoin community for their acceptance of Bitcoin in a big way and they are repaying the support to the Bitcoin community at large.

Millennius, like the man in the video with the large gun, is also going to protest Apple in their own way.

Sam Lee of Millennius made the 11th hour decision to halt all sales of  iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c and 5s, effective immediately to protest against Apple’s anti-Bitcoin actions.  He hopes that Overstock.com will follow suit in protest.  Personally, I think that would be a wonderful publicity move and show of strength and support for Bitcoiners which could be beneficial to Overstock.com’s suffering stock prices.

Where can users stuck with their iPhones get the Blockchain.info iOS app now?

Well first off, you should buy a new phone from Millenius or any other Bitcoin accepting company.  Beyond that, Blockchain.info’s old iOS app page now includes information for jailbroken iPhone users to download the app in all its former glory.

Why was the Blockchain.info App removed in the first place?

As some Bitcoiners may remember, this isn’t even the first time that the Blockchain.info app has been removed from the iOS app store.  Back in early 2013, Blockchain.info and BitPak were removed from the iOS store, with BitPak vowing to never return again.

Shortly after, Blockchain.info’s iOS app was approved by Apple upon review and was back for Bitcoiners to use on their Apple products.  Apparently, Blockchain.info presented to reviewers their app with only monitoring functions enabled and after acceptance they switched their server to point to the full version. This undeniable breach of Apple’s ToS is legal grounds for the removal of Blockchain.info’s app from the iOS store… However, the entire fiasco belies Apple’s anti-Bitcoin stance.

Some suspect that Apple is so anti-Bitcoin because they have their own payment system forthcoming.

Read here for an old article of mine: Bitcoin vs iBeacon.  Hint: Bitcoin is better.

Last modified (UTC): February 7, 2014 12:57

Caleb Chen @bitxbitxbitcoin

Caleb is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Economics, East Asian Studies, and Mathematics. He is currently pursuing his MSc in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia.