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Apple Lets Bitcoin Apps Back Into App Store

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    Apple began loosening its rules to let Bitcoin apps show up in its App Store, according to reports, but it's been a quiet rule change.

    Apple started yanking Bitcoin apps in February, the most well-known being Blockchain, according to AppleInsider. Apple did change its rules at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month stating that virtual currency such as Bitcoin must be "in compliance" with all state and federal laws wherever the app is used. Since then, Apple has approved Coin Pocket, a new Bitcoin app.

    From the report:

    With the newly released app, users can send and receive Bitcoin from their iPhone or iPad. It includes Sweep Private Keys in HEX, WIF, or BIP38 format, a QR code scanner, multiple sources to Bitcoin to U.S. Dollar conversion, and export BIP38 private key for backup.

    Apple also issued a very distinct disclaimer about the app, asking users to be aware of federal and local laws governing Bitcoin. It's apparent that Apple doesn't want to bear any fallout or negativity from the apps or Bitcoin, but is willing to sell the apps in its marketplace to please (or is it appease?) its customers.