Apple has hidden a Bitcoin manifesto in every Mac since 2018: Tech Blogger

  • Technologist Andy Baio wrote in an April 5 blog post that he found a PDF of the original bitcoin whitepaper on his Macbook.
  • He said Apple apparently hid the original crypto manifesto in “every copy of macOS since Mojave in 2018.”
  • Baio explained how users could locate the manifest on their own Apple computers.

Technologist Andy Baio says he accidentally discovered a copy of Satoshi Nakamoto’s bitcoin white paper on his Apple Mac computer.

“While trying to repair my printer today, I discovered that a PDF copy of Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin White Paper apparently shipped with every copy of macOS since Mojave in 2018,” Baio wrote in an April 5 blog post.

He said he asked more than a dozen of his friends and fellow Mac users to confirm, and the document was there for everyone, the file called “simpledoc.pdf”.

To find it, according to Baio’s instructions, users can open the terminal and type the following command:

open /System/Library/Image\ Capture/Devices/VirtualScanner.app/Contents/Resources/simpledoc.pdf

For those using macOS 10.14 or later, the document should immediately open in Preview as a PDF file, he explained.

Insider tested Baio’s instructions and found a copy of the document stored on the computer running the most recent macOS update.

He added that he found virtually no other evidence online except for a single Twitter thread from November 2020, with a user posting similar screenshots.

Baio could not figure out why, of all the documents, the original bitcoin manifesto was chosen for inclusion in Apple’s operating system.

“Perhaps”, he wrote, “it was just a handy, lightweight multi-page PDF for testing purposes, never meant to be viewed by end users”.

As for the token itself, bitcoins is hovering around $27,925 on Thursday and is up 68% so far in 2023. The crypto saw nearly 24% of those gains come in March amid broader banking turbulence and uncertainty.

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