Angry Bitcoin Users Destory iPhones Over Apple’s Blockchain Ban

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The remains of a destroyed iPhone 4S

The remains of a destroyed iPhone 4S

Just yesterday, Apple pulled’s wallet app from the App Store without any clear reason. This was the last remaining wallet app on the App Store, and its removal annoyed quite a lot of Apple users. Some expressed mild to moderate disapproval over twitter.

Others however, seem to be so utterly pissed off that they’ve smashed their iPhones in protest.

Reddit user “round-peg” posted on r/bitcoin that for every 100 upvotes, he/she will gift someone a Nexus 5 for a video of him/her smashing his/her iPhone. Because destroying the $200+ device you paid for since someone on the Internet told you to is apparently a completely sane and rational thing to do. That’ll sure show Apple.

Personally, I’m a fan of Apple products, but I dislike their anti-Bitcoin stance. However, I’m not going to go smashing up my phone because Apple pulled an app that I like from the App Store. That’s insane. My phone is jailbroken, so I can bypass Apple’s restrictive App Store while still enjoying the iPhone’s unique features. Furthermore, the official Blockchain app is available on Cydia, the App Store-equivalent for jailbroken phones, so iPhone users can still get the Blockchain app by simply jailbreaking their devices. Plus, if I really wanted to switch to Android, I would sell my iPhone, not destroy it. It just seems like a really silly thing to do and reflects poorly on the Bitcoin community. It portrays Bitcoin users as childish and myopic.

If you want to see Blockchain back on the App Store, try petitioning Apple like a sane person. And if you really don’t want to use an iPhone anymore, sell it and get a different phone with the money, instead of relying on the promise of a free phone from a total Internet stranger.

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6 Responses

  1. Ashford

    Sounds like a great promotion for the new Nexus 5!
    And, OMG, what features that phone has, apparently!

    • jon doe

      everyone should of destroyed their iphones with or without the bitcoin ban. here are some reasons why..
      1. foxconn labor issues
      2. apple completely controls the eco system, in which you have to hack them in order to gain control
      3. OP – overpriced
      4. NSA
      5. itunes isn’t great at all

    • Avatar of Neil Sardesai
      Neil Sardesai

      First of all, let me make it clear that I don’t want to start an iOS vs Android war in the comments. I think you should use whatever platform you like the best and respect other people’s choices, even if you disagree.

      That being said,
      I’ve got a 5S, so:
      1. fingerprint sensor (Takes less than a second to authenticate. Much faster than using a passcode)
      2. 64 bit architecture (this really does make a difference in speed)
      3. Siri (I’m one of the few people that uses Siri actively)
      4. design (I really like the physical appearance of the phone. Anodised aluminium is sexy.)
      5. App Store (Most developers develop apps for iOS because it’s more likely to generate revenue, and Apple’s strict approval process, although controversial, basically eliminates malware and other crapware)
      6. iCloud (Having my game saves, browser tabs, photos, notes, app data, etc sync between devices is pretty awesome)
      7. iOS (I genuinely like iOS7, and with my jailbroken device, I can customise it to my liking)

      These are just some of the features that I really like. Android certainly has its merits, such as the fact that it comes “open” by default. However, by jailbreaking I can get the open experience that Android provides while still getting the features that I like from my Apple product. Furthermore, I’ve got several Apple products, including an Apple TV and a Mac, and they all work together well since they connect to my Apple ID and iCloud. I really have no reason to leave the Apple ecosystem when my products do everything I want them to.

      So these are some of the reasons I like my iPhone. Like I said, I don’t want this to turn into an Android vs iOS debate. But since you asked, here you go.

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