Bitcoin Wallet Goes Mobile with New Coinbase iPhone App
“We’re excited to announce our iOS app is now available on the App Store!” — Coinbase team
This is a big step forward for Bitcoin payments accessibility. Prior to the launch of the Coinbase iPhone app, iOS users had limited options for mobile payments, with most using a relatively challenging app from Blockchain.info.
Some users might be worried about security. What happens if your phone gets stolen?
Coinbase says they have you covered. “To protect your Coinbase account you can set a pin code in the app, and even remotely disable access if you phone is ever lost or stolen.”
Apple and Bitcoin
Apple continues to have an arms-length relationship with Bitcoin. In the Blockchain.info app, for example, restrictions from Apple led to the exclusion of bitcoin wallet functionaility in the latest version.
It looks like Coinbase has received the green light from Apple to have a fully-featured app. Great news for the App Store overall.