06 Feb '14

Confessions Of An (ex) Apple Fanboy Who Loves Bitcoin

Apple Inc are generally seen to be great innovators in the mobile space thanks to their iPhone and iPad.

My first mp3 player was not made by Apple. It was made by Creative Labs, the same company that make sound cards for PCs. It was a great mp3 player that ran off a small harddrive with 3Gb capacity. This was truly innovative at the time.

When Apple came out with the first iPod a year or so later, I personally viewed Apple as jumping on the mp3 bandwagon. You’ll have to remember that Apple was a struggling company at the time.

The iPod ended up saving them and preceded the iPhone and iPad. Steve Jobs saved Apple.

"Picasso had a saying. ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We (Apple) have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." - Steve Jobs
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Steve’s drive and ambition has inspired countless entrepreneurs to better themselves, improve their businesses and take exceptional pride in the products they create.

"In the market place, Apple is trying to focus the spotlight on products, because products really make a difference. You cant con people in this business. The products speak for themselves." - Steve Jobs
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Yet, Apple has been aggressively stomping on innovators and entrepreneurs who are making great products in the Bitcoin space.

The hammer came down hard this week on an App that has seen 120,000 downloads since it’s debut 2 years ago. The blockchain.info iOS app has been forcefully removed from the App Store.

In a response to Apple, Blockchain rightfully point out that “Sadly, Coinbase, Gliph, and CoinJar have all been sacrificed on the altar of innovation.”

It’s not the first time Apple have been brutal with their “closed garden” approach. You may recall when the iPhone first came out, Adobe Flash was not supported. In fact, Flash has NEVER been supported on any Apple iPhone or iPad.

Apple essentially crushed one of the most popular and widely used development platforms the Internet had seen, used in everything from games, video and audio players, advertising banners and even entire websites built in Flash.

Too bad Apple said. ‘We don’t care if we’re breaking most websites out there. We want to preserve battery life on our devices’ (paraphrasing, of course).

Adobe accused Apple’s decision as being primarily business driven.

Here are Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Flash.

What most Bitcoin user’s should find chilling is that Apple effectively succeeded in suffocating Flash (which perhaps is a good thing, but that’s not the point).

A new threat to Apple’s business model will see justifications that Apple cannot allow Apps to exist that may be illegal in some jurisdictions. This is what BikPak was allegedly told when their Bitcoin App was remove in June 2012.

Bitcoin is not “illegal” anywhere in the world.

Apple appear to be acting in an anti-competitive manner to bolster their own payments service.

Patrick Murck, General Counsel for the Bitcoin Foundation says he is looking into potential anti-trust breaches.


Blockchain have called upon Apple’s customers to take a stand.

"Bitcoin users, we need your help. We need you to take a stand against Apple, make noise, complain, and show Apple that there will be consequences to their actions." - Blockchain.info
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While I stand firmly on the side of Blockchain, Coinbase, Gliph, Coinjar and countless other bitcoin apps forcefully removed from the App Store, this call to action is a mute point.

The writing is on the wall from all members of the Bitcoin community that Apple products will be abandoned for more open platforms from less heavy-handed providers.

The Bitcoin community at large take pride in a libertarian worldview where acts of aggression and censorship are deeply resented.

I sit here with 3 current-gen Apple devices in my household, looking at my iPhone *knowing* it was my last Apple purchase.

Just like a fleeting teenage crush comes to an end when the pretty girl snubs you for some douchebag, your feelings turn sour and disappointment fills the void where your heart once lay.

No longer will Apple’s beautifully designed hardware fuel my lust enough to get over the heartbreak inflicted on this ex-fanboy.

Steve Jobs once said:

"You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
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Thanks Steve. Karma. Destiny. My gut tells me Android will be my next device.