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Apple Removes Coinbase From App Store Less Than a Month After Launch

Friday 15th, November 2013 / 09:03
Apple Removes Coinbase From App Store Less Than a Month After Launch

The Coinbase iOS app, which enabled users to buy, sell and send bitcoin, has been removed from the Apple App Store less than a month after its launch.

It appears it was Apple’s decision to remove the app, as Coinbase engineer Craig Hammell revealed on Hacker News that his company was not responsible for taking it down.

Another forum member suggested the app was removed for “quality reasons”, but Hammell responded by stating: “That wasn’t the reason that Apple provided us with.”

The iOS app, which was released on 22nd October, enabled users to see how many bitcoins they have in their wallets, plus view any recent transactions.

“We’re not sure why it was taken down and we’ve reached out to Apple to request clarification,” he said. We have also reached out to Apple and will update this post with any response that we receive,” Brian Armstrong, Coinbase CEO and co-founder told TechCrunch.

Screenshot of Coinbase's iOS app. Source: Coinbase Blog
Screenshot of Coinbase’s iOS app

At the time of release, Coinbase co-founder Fred Ersham said: “This was one more step in our mission to make bitcoin easier to use. Now that I have the iOS app, I use it to pay back my friends when I’m out and about since it’s so much easier than other ways to do it.”

Android users can still download the app from the Google Play Store, free of charge.

The Coinbase Android app
The Coinbase Android app

CoinDesk has contacted Coinbase for comment. Updates to follow.

Featured image: Rob Boudon / Flickr

View Apple Removes Coinbase From App Store Less Than a Month After Launch on CoinDesk.

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