We’re excited to announce that today we’ve published the 1.0 release of Jaxx on the App Store, marking its public debut on Apple devices, as well as being the first Ethereum wallet for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod). The 1.0 release will be available for all other Jaxx device at once, in the next couple days as we begin “Seven Days of Jaxx”. More on this later today.
Due to the DDoS attacks we were hit with earlier this week – a first for us – we’ve had to readjust our plan to launch the 1.0 release simultaneously on all platforms and devices. We were forced to spend days and developer resources working through the attacks. Please note that we did not and will never pay ransoms. All sites are now running normally.
Props to our team for getting through the DDoS issues. It should be stressed that these attacks didn’t affect our wallets at all nor compromise any user information, save for briefly limiting access to our bitcoin web wallet, RushWallet. We have no idea if these attacks were competitor-based (as stated in the ransom email we received), but we’ve upped our sites’ security configuration to ensure there’s no recurrence, and at the end of the day, we’re stronger because of this whole ordeal.
The DDoS attacks had already slowed us down considerably, and then we got a call from Jon Southurst at Bitcoin.com, asking about the rumors that Apple was potentially blocking Ethereum wallets on the App Store. I told him this was the first we’d heard of it, and that we’d had a test build uploaded and approved on the App Store for over a week. We thought nothing of it until we saw the actual piece the following day mentioning the rumours.
We huddled, and unanimously decided to shift our priorities immediately to get the app up ASAP to test these rumors. Unfortunately for us, we had made some changes to Jaxx since our test build got approved by Apple, so we had to resubmit and hope for a reapproval – an anxious time. We had no idea if there’d been a change of policy on Apple’s end that might affect our chances. In the interim, we didn’t want to chime in on any rumors, just focus on getting the build released. Finally, we got word of the approval of the 1.0 build at 9:21pm EST last night.
Because of the rush to push the iOS, there are some cosmetic issues with this release some might experience, specifically on smaller screens. We’re not happy about this but it will be improved very soon. We’re also disappointed that we didn’t get to issue all versions of the 1.0 simultaneously as originally envisioned. However, we also felt that this would be a nice treat for Apple fans who’ve been patiently waiting throughout our beta phase to use Jaxx. This release will also serve as a test case for Apple’s stance on Ethereum apps down the road. We’re up, let’s see what happens next.
On the subject of our Jaxx integration for The DAO: this has been a priority, as we believe that accessible integration tools are key to the overall success of the project, but unfortunately these elements won’t be ready for our initial 1.0 releases. This will be ready in plenty of time for voting on the first Proposals.
We are, however, expecting our full-featured DAO integration to roll out during our “Seven Days of Jaxx,” which starts today. This is an initiative we’ve been planning for a while that will showcase foxes, hardware, cubes, integration plans, rockets, DAOs, proposals, and a bunch more goodies..We’re going all out, are super excited and believe the community will be as well. More to follow on this later today.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE IOS VERSION HERE
For those not familiar with Jaxx, it’s our multi-platform blockchain wallet, developed around a few key principles:
- Our wallets are design-led, with a focus on intuitive user experience
- Single screen use (everything you need is on one screen)
- All security elements / keys etc. are stored client-side, and never sent to any servers
- A shared codebase ensures a unified experience across devices
- All wallet assets can be backed up or restored with a single, 12-word mnemonic
- Our use of common cryptographic standards ensures that you’ll always be able to recover your funds even if Jaxx goes down
- We’ve removed as many points of friction as possible – no login process or user information is required
- Jaxx currently supports ether and bitcoin, with full DAO integration to come shortly and many more blockchains and coins to follow.
Jaxx is available for:
- iOS mobile devices and tablets (Official 1.0)
Android mobile devices and tablets (Beta)
PC, Mac, and Linux desktops (Beta)
Chrome and Firefox browser extensions (Beta)
All versions except for the iOS right now can be downloaded at the Jaxx website.