Encrypted messaging service Cryptocat has finally hit iOS after it ironed out its differences with Apple that had originally seen it rejected.
The service, which was originally only available as a desktop app or browser plugin, can now be downloaded from the App Store after it was originally rejected in December 2013 for what Nadim Kobeissi called “illegitimate” reasons.
Kobeissi explained to The Verge that the problems have since been ironed out and that was as far as he went due to the non-disclosure agreement preventing him from explaining exactly how the problems had been solved.
"There was some very important help given by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and we ended up scheduling a conversation with Apple, and after a while Apple was very gracious and understanding," he said. "I couldn't be happier with Apple right now."
Cryptocat uses an OTR model to give a stronger level of encryption and secrecy for conversations taking place on the service. It’s able to achieve even greater protection for its users thanks to the fact that its servers are in a Swedish nuclear bunker that mean the prying eyes of governments are kept well away from the chats.
The service also differs in that it doesn’t require its users to have usernames or accounts with users entering a conversation with a one-time nickname. There are also no buddy lists, account activity logs or account history details to link back to users thus protecting users even further.
A version for Android is reportedly on the way in the coming months and on that OS it will go up against TextSecure, which already has a large number of users due to a deal that means it is shipped with all installations of CyanogenMod.