Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reinstated Blockchain’s Bitcoin app in its App Store. The company had taken down the app without giving any reasons in February this year. The app helped Blockchain users to view and manage their accounts from any device running on iOS and also to do transactions. It is widely believed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had removed the app due to the ambiguous legal status of the Bitcoin.
Peter Smith, co-founder & COO, Blockchain has discussed the removal and reinstatement of the app on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s App Store and how big companies are now taking Bitcoin seriously on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Alley’.
“We have had a good dialogue with them [Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL] and found them pretty supportive of you know, new and exciting software projects. So, I think overall our relationship with Apple is probably more positive today than it ever has been,” Smith said.
Mr Smith also feels that the big technology companies are now taking Bitcoin seriously as it completely makes sense on the internet, in the context of mobile phones and developer’s interest towards the technology is extremely strong. With the growth in the number of people adopting to Bitcoins, Mr. Smith added, the big technology companies will have to figure out a way to work around Bitcoins or they risk users moving out of their ‘ecosystems’.
This is not the first time that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reinstated an app from its App Store. The company has a history of removing apps from its App Store, without providing the reasons for doing so. On February 2, 2012, the company had removed the apps of Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (NYSE:QIHU), a security software company only to restore it back on February 8. On September 17, 2012, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) removed Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Google Maps app from its App store, only to bring it back on December 12, 2012. The list of apps that have been removed and reinstated by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) includes CoinJar – a Bitcoin app; Speak for Disabled – an app for people with speaking disabilities; Pulse – a news reading App and many more.