Bitcoin Wallet Apps Re-Enter iOS Store After Apple's Policy Shift

Reflecting Apple's new bitcoin-friendly stance, the first wallet and other apps allowing bitcoin purchases re-enter the iOS App Store.

AccessTimeIconJun 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. UTC
Updated May 2, 2022 at 4:02 p.m. UTC

Apple is making good on its recent bitcoin policy shift, with a new bitcoin wallet app appearing for download in the iOS App Store.

The 'Coinpocket' app is described by its developer as a wrapper for a previously available open source HTML5 version, this time with full access to the camera hardware for QR code scanning.

While its feature set is fairly basic, Coinpocket allows users to do anything they could do on previously-available iPhone wallet apps like Coinbase and Blockchain, which had gone some time without updates before being subsequently removed from the store.

The company updated its policy last week to include 'approved' digital currencies.


The new app does offer a function that allows the user to 'sweep' funds into wallet from a private key – useful for quick transfers of BTC – along with the ability to generate a BIP38 encrypted version of the private key (although this can take a long time, with some reddit users reporting crashes).

coinpocket ios app

Otherwise, Coinpocket offers simple send and receive functions and three different sources for current bitcoin price information.

With Apple now approving bitcoin wallets, the race is on for developers to create and submit more fully-featured apps for the mobile OS that still has a significant market share in some of the world's richest markets.

Users of previously popular apps, like Blockchain's which was downloaded over 120,000 times before being blocked, will now look forward to updates bringing their functionality closer to that of their Android cousins.

In-app bitcoin purchases

It's not just wallet apps finding new approval from Apple; others have appeared that allow bitcoin purchases from within the app, which also appear to avoid Apple's 30% share of all in-app purchase amounts rule.

The eGifter app, for example, now allows users to purchase its gift cards directly with bitcoin, making the dream of spending bitcoin on Walmart purchases via an iOS device – impossible just a week or so ago – a reality.

The first iOS app to allow in-app bitcoin spending was the simple betting game Betcoin, which appeared almost immediately after Apple's announcement. Its developer, Omri Cohen, said it was partly an experiment to test what Apple would allow, and was actually submitted before Apple's change of heart to a more favorable bitcoin attitude.

Image via bloomua / Shutterstock


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.


CoinDesk - Unknown
Three Arrows Paper Trail Leads to Trading Desk Obscured Via Offshore Entities

As Three Arrows Capital collapsed under market pressure, its much-lesser known trading desk, TPS Capital, remained active, sources say. But a complex ownership structure might frustrate creditors' efforts to collect.

CoinDesk - Unknown
CoinDesk - Unknown
June Was Bitcoin’s Worst Month Ever

Plus, European crypto regulation comes into view.

CoinDesk - Unknown
CoinDesk - Unknown
What Traders Are Saying About Bitcoin's Biggest Monthly Loss in 11 Years

Poor macroeconomic sentiment, fears of inflation and systemic risks from the crypto market pushed the cryptocurrency below 2017’s highs.

CoinDesk - Unknown
CoinDesk - Unknown
Three Arrows Capital Files for Bankruptcy in New York Tied to British Virgin Islands Proceeding

A British Virgin Islands court ordered Three Arrows' BVI branch into liquidation earlier this week.

CoinDesk - Unknown