Apple’s Mac devices have apparently been hiding Bitcoin’s whitepaper for up to five years.
Satoshi Nakamoto’s original white paper laying out the Bitcoin network is seemingly hiding within every modern version of the operating system for Apple’s Mac computers.
An April 5 blog post from technologist Andy Baio revealed that a PDF of the Bitcoin white paper has “apparently shipped with every copy of macOS since Mojave in 2018.”
Baio told Cointelegraph that he was “just trying to fix my printer” and scan a document with a wireless scanner when a device called “Virtual Scanner II” appeared that he’d “never seen before.”
By default, Virtual Scanner II showed a photo, but when Baio changed the media type from “Photo” to “Document,” Nakamoto’s white paper appeared.
“I wasn’t looking for the Bitcoin paper!” Baio exclaimed. “I was just trying to fix my printer!”
In his post, Baio said there is “virtually nothing about this online.” He shared a November 2020 Twitter thread from designer Joshua Dickens, who also found the whitepaper, which Baio used to find the file location.
Baio created a prompt to use in Terminal, a command line interface for macOS, so others could bring up the whitepaper easily.
“I started asking other Mac-using friends if they could co nfirm it, and all of them could,” he said.
The prompt successfully opened the Bitcoin white paper on three different Apple Mac devices tested by Cointelegraph.
In his blog post, Baio claimed the file is found on “every version of macOS from Mojave (10.14.0) to the current version (Ventura), but isn’t in High Sierra (10.13) or earlier.”
It’s unknown why Nakamoto’s white paper is shipped with modern versions of macOS. Baio speculated in his post that it was “just a convenient, lightweight multipage PDF for testing purposes, never meant to be seen by end users.”
Cointelegraph contacted Apple for comment but did not immediately receive a response.