A few years back, the community made a startling discovery in the macOS operating system. Hidden inside the image capture utility is a feature called Virtual Scanner II, which contains an image of San Francisco Bay and a PDF copy of the bitcoin whitepaper. This Easter Egg got a lot of attention after a post from renowned technologist Andy Baio.
Apple never explained the reason, but and the existence of this file could have been just a joke between the engineers of Apple. Today the file disappeared with the latest version of macOS Ventura beta.
Next macOS update will remove whitepaper
According 9to5MacTHE bitcoin whitepaper cache will be removed from all Apple Macintosh computers shipped since 2017 during a next software update. A review of the MacOS Ventura 13.4 beta revealed that it does not contain the file. The entire Virtual Scanner II tool has also been removed from the beta.
The removal of the Easter Egg from the Bitcoin whitepaper marks the end of a brief period of intrigue for MacOS users and Bitcoin enthusiasts. While the reasons for its initial inclusion remain unclear, its removal is likely to avoid confusion and maintain a clean user experience.
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