Let’s face it, Apple isn’t the biggest fan of bitcoin. Almost anything bitcoin related quickly becomes removed and extinct from Apple devices.
Below is Apple’s message to those who get their apps blocked:
“We found that your app contains content – or facilitates, enables, or encourages an activity – that is not legal in all the locations in which the app is available, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.
Specifically, the facilitation of trading of virtual currency is not appropriate for the App Store.
We encourage you to review your app concept and evaluate whether you can incorporate
different content and features that are in compliance with the Guidelines.
If you wish to appeal your review, you can submit a request to the App Review Board. The App Review Board was created for developers to appeal an app review they have concerns with. Please be as specific as possible when explaining why you believe your app is in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.”
Coinpunk is raising money to develop an iOS bitcoin wallet which could run on Apple’s Safari browser app, using HTML. Head developer of Coinpunk, Kyle Drake, has started an independent campaign. He plans on using the funds of what he calls the “Indiegogo” campaign to make his team’s plan a reality.
Features will include standalone browser store versions, integrated support for cold wallets, and bitcoin, litecoin and altcoin support just to name a few.
Donations start at $25, which give donors Coinpunk stickers, and go as high as $20,000, which allows them a trip to Portland, among other benefits.
Apple’s own Payment System
Apple has been saying that it plans on releasing its own payment system. This is why digital coin apps have been blocked. Apple is getting rid of the competition early, at least on their own technological devices.
Although late to the game, Apple intends on having a processing network to allow payments from mobile devices and tablets.
However, if Coinpunk is successful with their attempt at the loophole, Apple will have no longer have control over the situation. It is unclear if Apple will ever allow such apps on their iOS store, but with Coinpunk, there will be no need to worry.