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Apple Dips its Toes in Bitcoin

New iOS Teases Features for Bitcoin Fans

2019-06-06 15:11:47 | Jonathan Ganor

It seems that Apple is now boarding the crypto train. The tech giant seems to have been taking note of both HTC & Samsung's steps into the world of cryptocurrencies. The greatest innovator in the world of phones has seemingly became a follower. At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at San Jose California, Apple has revealed a few Bitcoin friendly functionalities.

Apple's New Bitcoin-Related Releases

First off, while this is a rather small update and not too monumental, Apple have added a Bitcoin glyph. As small of a sign of support that is, it goes to show that even Apple recognizes that Bitcoin isn't going to disappear anytime soon.

Apple's Bitcoin Glyph

In addition to the Bitcoin glyph, Apple has also added what they call the Apple Crypto Kit on iOS 13. While this is far from fully supporting cryptocurrencies, it does add many cryptography features.

As per the announcement:

"Use Apple CryptoKit to perform common cryptographic operations:

    Compute and compare cryptographically secure digests.

Use public-key cryptography to create and evaluate digital signatures, and to perform key exchange. In addition to working with keys stored in memory, you can also use private keys stored in and managed by the Secure Enclave.

    Generate symmetric keys, and use them in operations like message authentication and encryption.

Prefer CryptoKit over lower-level interfaces. CryptoKit frees your app from managing raw pointers, and automatically handles tasks that make your app more secure, like overwriting sensitive data during memory deallocation."

 

Basically iOS 13 users may use cryptography to secure apps. While this may not be as impressive as HTC & Samsung's leap into the world of cryptocurrencies, it is a step in the right direction.

 

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