Hidden Treasure: Bitcoin’s White Paper Discovered on Every Modern macOS

In a surprising discovery, independent blogger Andy Baio recently revealed that every modern copy of macOS, from Mojave 10.14.0 to the current version, contains a copy of Satoshi Nakamoto’s seminal Bitcoin white paper. Baio stumbled upon this hidden treasure while fixing his printer and shared his findings on his Waxy Blog, sending shockwaves through the crypto community.

Baio’s blog post titled “The Bitcoin White Paper Is Hidden in Every Modern Copy of macOS” detailed how Mac users can access the PDF version of the white paper by typing a simple command in the terminal. The file appears in the built-in image viewer, Preview, making it easily accessible to anyone with a Mac running macOS 10.15 or later.

Original finding of Bitcoin white paper on MacOS was done by Josh D.

Screenshot of Satoshi Nakamoto's Bitcoin white paper

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the white paper had been included in macOS since Mojave in 2018, but had gone unnoticed for years. Baio’s findings were quickly verified by others, and the news went viral on social media, leaving many puzzled as to why Apple had hidden the Bitcoin white paper in their operating system.

The news of the hidden Bitcoin white paper has sparked speculation and excitement within the crypto community. While the reason for Apple’s inclusion of the white paper remains unknown, it has certainly delighted Bitcoin enthusiasts who see it as a unique Easter egg hidden in every Mac running macOS. As one Twitter user commented, “It’s like finding buried treasure in your own backyard!”

One of the theories behind the inclusion of the white paper in macOS could be that it is an open-source document that is freely available without any copyright restrictions. This makes it a convenient choice for inclusion in a sample document used for demonstration purposes in a software application like VirtualScanner.app.

Apple has not yet commented on the discovery, but it has certainly added an unexpected twist to the ongoing mystery surrounding Satoshi Nakamoto and the origins of Bitcoin. For now, Mac users around the world are eagerly accessing the hidden white paper, marveling at this unexpected find in the world of cryptocurrencies. As Baio put it in his blog post, “Of all the documents in the world, why was the Bitcoin white paper chosen?” Perhaps only Apple knows the answer to this intriguing question.

See for Yourself

On a Mac, open a Terminal and type:

image of terminal of Bitcoin White Paper can be found in macos
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