Technologist Andy Baio wrote this week that he discovered a PDF of the original Bitcoin whitepaper on his Mac.
The revelation fueled theories linking Steve Jobs to the paper’s mysterious author, Satoshi Nakamoto.
It appears that Apple has hidden the bitcoin document in “every version of macOS since Mojave in 2018,” Baio said.
on April 5th blog postTechnician Andy Baio said that by accident Copy of Satoshi Nakamoto bitcoin A white paper on his Mac computer, with revelations fueling wild theories online that the mysterious creator of the world’s largest cryptocurrency is Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
While trying to fix my printer today, I discovered that the PDF was from Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin Worksheet It seems to have shipped with every version of macOS since Mojave in 2018.”
His post prompted Twitter users to share screenshots of the same manifest stored on their Macs. Insider also tested Baio’s help and found the white paper on the latest macOS.
The white paper, “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” was published in 2008. In it, the author outlines the framework of the underlying mechanisms that power Bitcoin and enable transactions without a third-party intermediary such as a bank or financial institution.
The disclosure of Bayou has sparked fresh speculation that Nakamoto, the mysterious and previously unidentified inventor of Bitcoin, may have been Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder and technical visionary.
Was Steve Jobs actually Satoshi Nakamoto the innovator # Bitcoin??
While Nakamoto disappeared from the Internet around the same time Jobs died, the white paper appeared on Mac computers seven years after the tech icon’s death, making it impossible for him to be the one to insert the document into the operating system.
Other users shared via Twitter, with some agreeing while others remaining skeptical.
Although unusual, the existence of a Bitcoin white paper on Mac computers is not proof of anything.
As for Jobs himself, while he is credited as the creative force behind many of Apple’s most iconic products, he was not an expert programmer, according to co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Others have noticed, too That Jobs developed the iPhone around the same time as the world’s most popular digital asset is all the more reason to be suspicious.
Nakamoto’s true identity was never revealed, and some believe that Nakamoto was actually a group of people due to the complexity of the Bitcoin code. The inventor stated that he started writing Bitcoin code in 2007, and the network was launched in 2009.
The mysterious figure “disappeared” from the internet on December 12, 2010.
Some estimate that the crypto wallets associated with the pseudonym hold more than 1.1 million bitcoins. When the token peaked in November 2024 at around $68,000, those holdings were worth around $73 billion, making Nakamoto among the 15 richest people in the world at the time.
Meanwhile, other Twitter users floated the idea that the white paper was simply a bitcoin enthusiast working at Apple who dropped the document in the shape of an easter egg.
To locate the white paper, users can open a macOS terminal and enter the following command:
open /System/Library/Image\ Capture/Devices/VirtualScanner.app/Contents/Resources/simpledoc.pdf
On Friday, bitcoin hovered around $27,896. The token is up nearly 68% in 2023.
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