- The document is hidden on macOS and labeled ‘simpledoc.pdf.’
- It remains unclear why the original Bitcoin vision is embedded in Apple computer systems.
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There is a stunning discovery that the Bitcoin whitepaper is hidden in every copy of macOS shipped since 2017.
In 2008, an anonymous individual or entity called Satoshi Nakamoto published the Bitcoin whitepaper: a peer-to-peer electronic cash system that allows online payments to be sent from one party to the other without passing through a financial institution. What followed was a revolutionary crypto industry now worth an estimated $2 trillion.
A pdf copy of that vision was discovered Wednesday by independent blogger Andy Baio inside Apple’s system files machines, except for the older High Sierra (10.13), having shipped in every copy from Mojave to the current Ventura. Baio wrote in a blog post, Waxy, about his discovery.
‘‘While trying to fix my printer today, I discovered that a PDF copy of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin whitepaper shipped with every copy of macOS since Mojave in 2018. I asked a dozen Mac-using friends to confirm, and it was there for every one of them.’’
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Where to find Bitcoin whitepaper on your Apple computer
The file is reportedly accessible in every version of macOS from Mojave (10.14.0) to Ventura
(13.3) but is not in the High Sierra (10.13) or earlier.
Baio shared how the file can be accessed. For Mac, one can open a terminal and type the command:Open/system/library/Image\capture/devices/virtualscanner.app/contents/Resources/simpledoc.pd. While for macOS 10.14 or later, Baio explained that the pdf is readily available in the Preview.
For those not using any terminal, the hidden document can be accessed by opening Finder, clicking on Macintosh HD, and navigating: system, library, image capture, and device folder.
The whitepaper is set as a sample document for a device titled ‘‘Virtual Scanner II.’’
The motive behind the hidden whitepaper by the tech behemoth remains unknown. Apple has pivoted towards cryptos in the past, including support for non-fungible tokens, where users can sell NFTs in an app.
In 2021, while speaking at the DealBook conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he owned some cryptocurrencies. Although he expressed interest in the asset class, he dismissed any suggestion that the company could invest in cryptos.
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