Every Apple Mac computer sold since 2018 contains the original Bitcoin manifesto – prompting experts to question whether the tech firms are secretly collaborating.
A white paper by the elusive ‘Father of Bitcoin’ Satoshi Nakamoto which lays out the value of the digital currency can be found as a PDF on the devices.
The discovery was made by tech blogger Andy Baio who asked whether there was a ‘secret Bitcoin maxi’ working for Apple.
The term ‘Bitcoin maxi’ refers to those who devotedly believe Bitcoin is the most superior digital currency.
Others pointed out that it was strange given Apple temporarily banned Bitcoin from its app store in 2014 amid concern over volatile cryptocurrencies.
A copy of the 2008 Bitcoin manifesto is hidden on every Apple MacOS sold since 2018, expert discovers
The discovery was made by tech blogger Andy Baio who asked whether there was a ‘secret Bitcoin maxi’ working for Apple
Bitcoin was founded in 2008 by Namatoko and was the first ever cryptocurrency to exist
Baio was attempting to fix his printer when he found the 184 kilobyte document which was built in as a sample on the Image Capture function.
He asked ‘over a dozen’ of his friends who confirmed the text was also hidden in their devices under the filename ‘simpledoc.pdf.’
The paper – titled ‘Bitcoin: A peer-to-peer electronic cash system’ outlines the case for implementing digital currencies globally.
It was first published by Nakamoto in October 2008 when the world was reeling from the financial crisis.
The founder – whose identity remains a mystery – argued the way stop future collapses was through a digital currency which allowed people to make payments online ‘without going through a financial institution.’
How to find the Bitcoin manifesto on YOUR laptop
If you’re on a Mac, open a Terminal via the spotlight search.
Do this by clicking on the small magnifying glass icon in the menu bar and typing in ‘terminal.app.’
From there type in the following command:
open /System/Library/Image\ Capture/Devices/VirtualScanner.app/Contents/Resources/simpledoc.pdf
If you’re on macOS 10.14 or later, the Bitcoin PDF should immediately open in Preview.
The whitepaper is used as a sample text for a device called ‘Virtual Scanner II’ which is either hidden or not installed for everyone by default
In Image Capture, select the “Virtual Scanner II” device if it exists, and in the Details, set the Media to ‘Document; and Media DPI to “72 DPI.” You should see the preview of the first page of the Bitcoin paper.
Source: Andy Baio via waxy.org
He argued it would stop greedy banks from abusing their customers’ funds.
After making the discovery, Baio wrote on his site Waxy.org: ‘Of all the documents in the world, why was the Bitcoin whitepaper chosen? Is there a secret Bitcoin maxi working at Apple?
‘Maybe it was just a convenient, lightweight multipage PDF for testing purposes, never meant to be seen by end users.’
After the post went viral Baio updated his blog to reveal Apple employees were aware of the issue – but had failed to take action yet.
He wrote: ‘A little bird tells me that someone internally filed it as an issue nearly a year ago, assigned to the same engineer who put the PDF there in the first place, and that person hasn’t taken action or commented on the issue since.’
He added it was ‘likely’ the document will be scraped from future models.
Social media users were also quick to speculate on what the link between the two firms meant.
Roberto Nixon wrote on Twitter: ‘Either the company stands behind Bitcoin and its mission and this is their way of pledging support — or a rogue engineer is about to feel the wrath of their legal team.’
Bitcoin was founded in 2008 by Namatoko and was the first ever cryptocurrency to exist.
Little is known about Namatoko’s identity and he is believed to have used a pseudonym.
In 2014 he was incorrectly identified by Newsweek as Japanese-American Dorian S Nakamoto – who denied having anything to do with the cryptocurrency.
In 2021 computer scientist Craig Wright appeared to be unmasked as the Bitcoin inventor in a Florida lawuit.
He was being sued by the family of the deceased David Kleiman who alleged he helped to create the currency and therefore they were worthy of a stake in the fortune.
After the post went viral Baio updated his blog to reveal Apple employees were aware of the issue – but had failed to take action yet
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto was incorrectly identified as Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto in 2019
David Kleiman (left) and Craig Wright (right) appeared to be unmasked as the founders Bitcoin as part of a Florida lawsuit but the court never ruled on whether they were genuinely ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’
While Wright lost the suit, the court never ruled on whether the pair were truly ‘Satoshi Nakamoto.’
Since recent financial turbulence broke out following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, Bitcoin saw a 24 percent increase in its value.
The token was hovering at around $27,925 Thursday.