Apple follows in Google's footsteps, bans cryptocurrency mining on iPhones, iPads

Even though there's no official record of when the update in the developer's guidelines took place, Apple made it pretty clear that it is directly targeting the prevention of cryptocurrency mining.

The iPhone isn't a great cryptocurrency miner, especially compared to special mining machines, but that doesn't mean that a surreptitious app couldn't mine tokens like Monero in the background.

In a separate clause on designing power efficient apps, the company said that "apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources", adding that they "may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining".

Apple's updates to the App Store guidelines now prohibit developers from making databases of info gleaned from address books, nor can they request access to contact info under one pretense and then use it for something else - they have to get consent for what they're actually using it for.

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Apps offering wallets to store virtual currencies can only come from coders who are part of an organization participating in Apple's developer program.

"With the Health Records API open to our incredible community of developers and researchers, consumers can personalize their health needs with the apps they use every day".

Cryptocurrency mining has been disallowed in App Store apps, unless the processing is performed somewhere other than an Apple device, such as a remote server or cloud provider. And considering the uproar Apple faced the last time users noticed battery life decreasing, we can hardly blame the company for being careful. An app can facilitate an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) if it comes from "established banks, securities firms, future commission merchants, or other approved financial institutions". This is not a move against cryptocurrency apps in general.

Apps may "facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself".


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