You Can View Bitcoin Whitepaper on macOS
Tech blogger Andy Baio has recently discovered that the Bitcoin whitepaper can be found on any Mac running the latest version of macOS. The Bitcoin whitepaper is a document that explains the workings of Bitcoin and was published by Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, in 2008. Baio found the document in a hidden file on macOS and shared his discovery on his blog, Waxy.
Baio discovered that the Bitcoin whitepaper can be accessed via a simple Terminal command or by navigating Finder. The whitepaper is found in a file called “simpledoc.pdf,” which is used as a sample document for a device called “Virtual Scanner II.” This device is hidden for some users or not installed by default.
Baio’s discovery has raised questions about why the Bitcoin whitepaper is included in macOS and what Virtual Scanner II is for. Baio found an Apple Community post from 2021 that asked about this issue, but Apple has not yet responded to the matter.
According to Baio, the Bitcoin whitepaper can be found on any Mac running macOS Catalina or newer. To discover the file via Finder, the user needs to navigate to the Macintosh HD -> System -> Library -> Image Capture -> Devices. Control-click on VirtualScanner.app and Show Package Contents, then open the Contents -> Resources folder -> simpledoc.pdf.
It is unclear why the Bitcoin whitepaper is included in macOS and what Virtual Scanner II is for. AppleInsider was able to verify the Virtual Scanner II app and Bitcoin whitepaper both appear in macOS Ventura, but no one in or out of Apple has stepped forward to explain why these files exist. The discovery has sparked interest in the tech community, and it remains to be seen if Apple will respond to the matter.
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