Today Apply has removed the Blockchain wallet from their App Store. Blockchain was the last remaining Bitcoin Wallet available in the App Store.
Apple has, apparently, given no reason to Blockchain for the removal. The App had over 120,000 downloads and is widely used to transfer Bitcoins P2P.
Blockchain was the last App for using an iPhone to exchange Bitcoins. Blockchain is very popular at physical Bitcoin exchanges like the Satoshi Square held at the Bitcoin Center NYC (40 Broad St.).
Many iPhone owners who hold Bitcoins are upset at the news. One iPhone user has gone so far as to smash his iPhone and post the video to youtube.
Blockchain via a posting on their site, cited a popular Apple quote:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.”
Blockchain then added:
“Perhaps Apple should have added a disclaimer: “As long as the ‘rebels’ don’t threaten our profit margin”. The rebels no longer run the show at Apple Inc; the bean-counters are now firmly in charge.”
Some have speculated that Apple is shedding Bitcoin Wallets to build their own payment system. The Wall St. Journal reported about Apple’s mobile payment systems on 1/24/14.