- According to an event program, Apple is set to release a cryptographic developer kit
- The kit will help aid functionality and security
- The kit will be called ‘Cryptokit’
One very encouraging sign for the crypto community is when large firms begin taking steps towards making cryptocurrency and blockchain a part of their business process as was the case for JP Morgan and Facebook recently. One industry that has been slow in embracing cryptocurrency, however, has been the smartphone industry, though there have been some progressive steps such as Sirin Labs releasing their blockchain phone in 2018.
Now it seems that Apple is getting in on the action as an event program for June 5, 2019, at the ongoing Worldwide Developers Conference shows that Apple intends to release a cryptographic developer package.
The tools in question will be released during an event titled ‘Cryptography and Your Apps’ and it is believed that Apple will unveil a tool kit which is called ‘Cryptokit’ and it will make its debut as an update on the iOS 13.
With this, Apple is focusing on aiding developers to create more security functionality for their apps and also to achieve better support. According to the event description, system frameworks encrypt data at rest and data in transit in a transparent way for the developer and while this functionality is available by simply setting an attribute, the developer may want to do more to protect the user data and this is where the Cryptokit comes n.
“CryptoKit is a new Swift framework that makes it easier and safer than ever to perform cryptographic operations, whether you simply need to compute a hash or are implementing a more advanced authentication protocol,” the program says.
Apple and Cryptocurrency
While this news is mainly focused on aiding developers, they have taken a few small steps in the past that indicate that they might be testing out the crypto waters. One of these was the addition of the bitcoin logo to the in-app SF symbols last week which mirrored Samsung’s move to add the bitcoin symbol to their list of official currency symbols on their in-built keyboard as well as the storage support.
There has also been the integration of crypto for making payments on Apple pay due to it used with the Zeux app which means that Apple users may use crypto to pay for certain services over the platform. Hopefully, this is a sign of greater things to come and even further support for the community on the part of Apple and other phone makers.