Apple and Microsoft Pushes Bitcoin Adoption, Adds ₿ Symbol in New Updates
- Major platforms provide native support for the Bitcoin symbol
- Mass adoption movement looking to gain momentum at last
In the latest set of events, Apple has listed the Bitcoin symbol on its platform. Per the new updates, developers and users will get access to the Bitcoin symbol.
On Monday, Apple made a string of announcements at WWDC 2019, which involved a new Mac Pro, but didn’t reveal about the latest Bitcoin support at the event. Later, the company introduced its SF Symbols app that provides developers building on Apple platforms with a set of symbols they can use among which was Bitcoin symbol “₿”.
Just noticed that Apple's new icon set (SF Symbols), includes bitcoin. pic.twitter.com/Og8dWp2C85
— brandon (@brandonnuman) June 4, 2019
Per its event program on June 5, Apple will also run a session called “Cryptography and your Apps.” A new framework will be unveiled for performing cryptographic operations, such as hash function through what is called a CrptoKit. Though not targeted to crypto applications, it will be useful for developers to make it easier to build crypto apps and further make them more secure.
Apple is moving at a really slow pace when it comes to joining the cryptocurrency revolution while the company remains busy with its Apple Card to disrupt the credit card industry that uses Goldman Sachs for banking and Mastercard for payments.
Slow but Steady Progress, Microsoft Joins the Race
Not to be left behind, Microsoft also added yet again native support for the Bitcoin “₿” symbol. Windows issues an update to its Windows 10 operating system called version 1903 on May 21 that provides support to Bitcoin symbol to its symbols section in various applications.
While available as a Unicode 10.0 character since 2017 these updates will make it easier for everyday users to add the Bitcoin symbol to the text.
This news followed Microsoft adding Bitcoin as a currency option in its Excel program. Though some argue it was always there, the symbol was added to Google Keyboard on iOS devices.
Windows 10's latest update (1903), now includes the Bitcoin Symbol! ₿₿₿₿ pic.twitter.com/VbY6g6tr9K
— Nathan Wilson ⚡🔦 #58 (@NathanW1014) May 31, 2019
This small but significant step helps in taking the world’s top cryptocurrency to the (Microsoft Excel’s 1.2 billion users) masses.
Though not a big step and what might some Bitcoiner be looking for, this level of adoption is surely a sign of progress. As the technology giant moves towards building a Digital identity software on the Bitcoin blockchain and celebrities, common people and other big companies jumping on the Bitcoin bandwagon, it is becoming an integral part of our daily lives.