Apple's macOS has a hidden bitcoin easter egg.

of Bitcoin The White Paper, a seminal document written by anonymous author Satoshi Nakamoto, is available in all copies. Apple Since macOS Mojave

The file, found in excavation Waxy(Opens in a new tab), it’s not exactly hidden, although it’s not very easy to find unless you know exactly where to look. To view it, open the Terminal application and paste the following string into it: “Open /System/Library/Image\Image/Tools/”.

Another way to view it is to open the Finder, click Macintosh HD at the bottom of the window, then click System – Library – Image Capture – Devices. There, right click in a new tab) And select “Show Package Contents”. Open Resources and click on “simpledoc.pdf”.

Satoshi Bitcoin White Paper

Well there it is.
Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable/Apple/Satoshi Nakamoto

“simpledoc.pdf” is a PDF document containing the entire nine-page Bitcoin White Paper. It appears to have been placed as one of several sample documents, including another PDF, “numbers.pdf”, which contains only four numbers in very large font, as well as a photo of a mysterious image called “cover.jpg”, which appears to have been taken on Treasure Island in San Francisco.

A mysterious photo showing a weather sign with a zero above the triangular sign reading

This image can be found in the same folder as the Satoshi Bitcoin white paper.
Credit: Stan Schroeder/Mashable/Apple

The discovery of the image and the Bitcoin white paper is not entirely new; Designer Joshua Dickens I found them(Opens in a new tab) In 2020, although it didn’t get much interest online at the time.

I found the files on my Mac running the latest version of macOS Ventura 13.2.1, and one of my colleagues at Mashable also found them on a Mac running Big Sur 11.7. In the year Since Mojave (10.14.0) launched in 2018, the files seem to be in every version of macOS.

It is not clear why Apple would deliberately choose to include the Bitcoin white paper in macOS. The document, titled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” was originally published by Nakamoto in 2011. It is from 2008 and contains a technical overview of the Bitcoin protocol. Apple, to my knowledge, has never officially supported Bitcoin or anything else Crypto; In fact, the company has been fairly conservative when it comes to crypto (unlike, say, Samsung includes cryptocurrency wallet software on its Galaxy phones). CEO Tim Cook said in 2021.(Opens in a new tab) Although Apple says it has nothing to announce at the moment, crypto is something the company is “looking at”.

It could be explained that the Apple engineer tasked with releasing some sample documents chose the Bitcoin whitepaper and the cryptic image just for fun, although we’re sure the internet will quickly come up with all sorts of conspiracy theories in a minute.

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