Apple recently released a new update for its macOS, but unfortunately, the update caused some issues with one of the oldest Bitcoin wallets, Electrum. However, the wallet’s developers reacted quickly, and are able to fix the prevailing problem.
Operating system updates are usually very useful, as they resolve problems, eliminate bugs and vulnerabilities, and convey general improvements. But unfortunately, sometimes they also cause problems with other software, which is what happened to Electrum wallet.
The issue was noticed very quickly, and it had been initially mentioned on Github, around 1st August, which was soon after Apple published its update’s beta. Users have added that the new Mac update, referred to as Big Sur, bricked Electrum users on the macOS.
Considering the recognition of the wallet, an outsized number of cryptocurrency users were suffering from the issue. Electrum’s team was quickly notified, and they started working on the solution, which has been released yesterday, on 18th November.
The team added on Twitter that the “New Electrum release: 4.0.5. Fixes a problem with macOS Big Sur. LN is enabled by default.“
Interestingly, while Electrum did successfully fix the issue, the basis cause still remains anonymous, consistent with developers. It’s known that the matter is somehow associated with how Big Sur treats the coding language Python, which was used for creating Electrum.
Developers resolved the matter by permitting users to run the wallet from the source, or by bundling an old version of Python into the software. The patch that they released contains the secondary solution.
While this is often the primary time that one among Apple’s solutions has negatively affected the Bitcoin [BTC] space, it’s hardly the primary time that a patch has caused issues upon release.
Also, earlier this month, when version 11.0 was released, some issues on the Apple servers caused Mac hardware running the update to terminate around the world.