The Bitcoin whitepaper hidden in the operating system of each Apple Macintosh shipped since 2017 is being removed with a upcoming software update, according to 9to5Mac.

User bernd178 posted information about the nine-page document on the MacOS Community Forum in April 2021.

Bernd178 discovered that the Image Capture Utility contains a feature called Virtual Scanner II. This function is not activated by default. CoinDesk reported that a San Francisco Bay image and PDF of the whitepaper were found in Virtual Scanner II. A hidden feature called an “Easter Egg” became viral after a blog post by prominent technologist Andy Baio.

The beta version MacOS Ventura 13.4 does not have the file. It may have been installed on the system to test it, but the intention was never for the users to find it.

Virtual Scanner II has been completely removed from beta.

Apple’s developer community was not impressed when the white paper appeared in 2021.

Why is this in System? Is it really Apple? “What is it good for?” asked bernd178 at the time.

A response to the post stated, “I find it difficult to believe that anyone cares.”

Sheldon Reback is the editor.