Apple removes app from App Store

Apple removes app from App StoreIn a somewhat shocking move, Apple has removed the popular Blockchain. info app on the iOS App Store. The app - which has been downloaded by 120,000 users - allowed the iPhones used to send as well as receive the Bitcoins virtual currency.

The Blockchain. info app was the last remaining bitcoin wallet on the Apple App Store. Other similar apps - including those from startups like Coinbase and Gliph - have already been taken down by Apple in the same way as the Blockchain. info app.

About the removal of the Blockchain. info app from the App Store, Apple told the software's developer Blockchain. info in an email that the move to withdraw the app had been prompted by "an unresolved issue."

The removal of the app is apparently rooted in the fact that the legal status of Bitcoins has been questioned in some countries. With Apple requiring its App Store apps to be legal in all countries in which they are offered, it is pertinent to note that most Bitcoin-related programs for Apple's iOS mobile software do not give the users the ability to make monetary transactions.

In response to Apple's decision to remove the Blockchain. info app from the App Store, Blockchain said in a Wednesday post on its blog: "These actions by Apple once again demonstrate the anti-competitive and capricious nature of the App Store policies that are clearly focused on preserving Apple's monopoly on payments rather than based on any consideration of the needs and desires of their users."