Tech giant Apple has announced this week that it is rolling out two new crypto related products. The move demonstrates the firms growing interest and shift in attitude to cryptocurrency.
SF Symbols was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Conference on Monday. A set of new and configurable symbols will be made available for iOS 13. 1,500 symbols have been added, 4 of which are attributed to Bitcoin.
The inclusion of the Bitcoin symbol follows a similar move made by Microsoft earlier this month when they added the ₿ Symbol for Microsoft office under the currency symbol tab.
Apple has also launched a beta version of the Apple CryptoKit which has been designed to give developers an easy way to ‘Perform cryptographic operations securely and efficiently.’
The CryptoKit will allow developers to perform common cryptographic operations which include the ability to:
- Compute and compare cryptographically secure digests.
- Use public-key cryptography to create and evaluate digital signatures, and to perform key exchange.
- Ability to use private keys stored in and managed by the Secure Enclave.
- Generate symmetric keys and use them in operations like message authentication and encryption.
The company states :
CryptoKit frees your app from managing raw pointers, and automatically handles tasks that make your app more secure, like overwriting sensitive data during memory deallocation.