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Bitcoin whitepaper is hidden deep in Apple's macOS

Is Apple hinting at something? (Image Source: CoinMarketCap)
Is Apple hinting at something? (Image Source: CoinMarketCap)
The entire Bitcoin whitepaper can be accessed in pdf form through the Image Capture utility or directly opening it through a terminal command. It has been "a feature" since the 2018 Mojave update, but anonymous sources claim that it will soon be removed.

Bitcoin is at the center of a strange discovery recently made by Waxy editor Andy Baio when he tried to fix a printer. Apparently, all macOS major updates starting with Mojave (10.14) from 2018 and up to the newest Ventura (13.3) version contain a hidden copy of the Bitcoin whitepaper written by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto.

The Bitcoin whitepaper appears in pdf form as a sample document for the Image Capture utility. In order to display the pdf, one needs to access Image Capture, select “Virtual Scanner II” from the device list, set the Media to “Document” and DPI to 72. Some macOS users report that Virtual Scanner II cannot be found in the device list, but the pdf can still be accessed via the terminal with the “open /System/Library/Image\
Capture/Devices/” command.

This is not the first time the pdf has been spotted, though. Back in 2020, Twitter user @schwa23 posted some screen captures with the Virtual Scanner II device displaying the Bitcoin whitepaper, as well as a photo from Treasure Island in San Francisco with a blue wall and the number 6, but this did not raise too many eyebrows at the time.

An anonymous source told Baio that Apple may remove these files soon, since some developer “filed it as an issue nearly a year ago, assigned to the same engineer who put the PDF there in the first place.” Of course, Bitcoin fans would most likely see this as an indication that Apple may be looking to integrate Bitcoin into its products, but it might as well be nothing more than an easter egg from a disgruntled coder.


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(Image Source: Waxy)
(Image Source: Waxy)

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Bogdan Solca, 2023-04- 7 (Update: 2023-04- 9)