The Bitcoin white paper has been covertly taken out of the most recent beta of the largest tech company’s operating system update.
The Big Tech company has removed a test scanner tool named Virtual Scanner II from the most recent MacOS Ventura 13.4 beta, and as a result, the Bitcoin white paper has also been erased, according to the Apple-focused news site 9to5Mac, which broke the story on April 25.
In a blog post from April 5, technologist Andy Baio disclosed that every copy of MacOS for the previous five years had included a PDF of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin white paper.
On macOS, the document was located in Virtual Scanner II. No one was sure why it was there, but it was thought to be “just a joke among Apple engineers,” the article continued.
Other, crazier conspiracies have surfaced, according to Apple Insider, including the idea that Steve Jobs, a co-founder of Apple, is Satoshi Nakamoto.
Along with other seemingly unrelated items like PDFs and photos, the white paper was located in a folder under the Image Capture software. 9to5Mac stated: “This pretty much confirms our original theory that both the Bitcoin white paper and the internal tool were never meant to be found by regular users.”