Apple Adds Bitcoin Glyphs for iOS 12 as Part of Siri Shortcuts App, No Emoji Yet


Bitcoin has officially gone mainstream. Apple added a bitcoin glyph to its iOS 12 update. You can view the glyph via the Shortcuts app or even create your own bitcoin-themed Siri shortcut.

The addition of the bitcoin glyph is surprising because Apple hasn’t been a very crypto-friendly tech company. The tech giant has banned various crypto apps from its app store, for example, and there’s still no iOS bitcoin emoji.

Nevertheless, Apple has now “embraced” crypto by adding two different bitcoin glyphs. You can check out the glyphs for yourself today using the Siri Shortcuts app. The glyphs appear when you’re setting a logo for a shortcut.

Bitcoiners have already discovered a creative use for the shortcut: you can create a bitcoin shortcut that will asks Siri about the current price of bitcoin.

The news comes just months after Apple effectively banned crypto mining and crypto apps from its app store. In June, Apple added new terms to its App Store review guidelines stating that, “apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.”

Apple also added terms stating that apps are permitted to “facilitate virtual currency storage” (i.e. function as crypto wallets), although apps are expressly forbidden from mining directly on the device

Meanwhile, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has had its app banned from the iOS app store – even though its freely available from the Google Play Store. Apple dropped Coinbase from its app store multiple times in 2013 and 2014 as well.

Apple is still warming up to cryptocurrency. However, the latest bitcoin glyphs in iOS 12 show that Apple is slowly acknowledging how big bitcoin has become.

Now we’re just waiting for our bitcoin emoji.

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