Cryptocurrency news outlet news.bitcoin.com revealed on September 24 that almost a week ago, a Siri extension update has added two new Bitcoin glyphs for the ‘Shortcuts’ app in iOS.
A glyph is an elemental symbol used to represent a computational readable character, and some system languages require the use of particular symbols. Essentially speaking, a Bitcoin glyph would represent the entire spelling of the word “Bitcoin.”
Bitcoin Glyphs Come To iOS
Bitcoin’s journey towards mainstream adoption continues, with iPhone users now able to use two unique glyphs for bitcoin in the Shortcuts app. Users can select from two glyphs and can select background color as well. To use the glyph, the Shortcuts app must be tethered to Siri, allowing the user to deploy the glyph using a shortcut. The glyph can be used with a keyboard but does not function like an emoji.
Bitcoin proponents and supporters are excited at the glyph release, as this gives the cryptocurrency even more mainstream exposure.
Exposure To The Mainstream
The news follows the addition of the Bitcoin symbol to the Unicode standard. In July of 2017, the Unicode Consortium released their newest standards version. The new version 10 added the Bitcoin character, alongside 8,158 other characters and 56 new emojis. The push to add the bitcoin symbol took over 6 years to accomplish.
The word Bitcoin was also added to the Oxford dictionary in 2013, with the word ‘cryptocurrency’ following in 2014. With the recently added glyphs and the addition to the Unicode standards, it just confirms what crypto supporters already know: Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, are here to stay.
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