Apple bans crypto-mining apps from all its platforms

Apple Updates App Store Guidelines, Tightens Rules for Crypto-Related Apps

Apple is trying to make it harder for developers to abuse users' information collected through apps.

Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to disallow all apps from supporting on-device cryptocurrency mining.

According to a report in The Verge on Tuesday, the iPhone maker Apple has introduced a new section on cryptocurrency in its guidelines on App Store that apply to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS app. Spotted by AppleInsider, the new rules say that "apps, including any third part advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining". This is not a move against cryptocurrency apps in general. That may not be the only issue, but it brings to the limelight what view the company has on apps affect the performance of its devices.

The only limitation that Apple are putting down is that no apps will be allowed that encourage payments of cryptocurrencies or the incentivisation of cryptocurrencies to people who download certain apps or advertise certain cryptocurrency-based apps. These conditions extend to apps providing cryptocurrency futures trading, and other crypto-securities or quasi-securities trading. In the guidelines before the update, it was specified that the apps facilitating cryptocurrency exchange must accord with all the governmental laws and the Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) also must fulfill all applicable state and federal laws.




In 2014, Apple blocked an app by Blockchain which was concerned with bitcoin trading and storage on Apple devices.

Apple has previously blocked apps for supporting cryptocurrencies it disapproves of. Essentially, "wallets" (apps that "store" cryptocurrencies) are allowed as long as they are provided by a developer "enrolled as an organization", but all cryptomining activity is now forbidden.

And apps won't be allowed to offer cryptocurrency in exchange for letting them complete other tasks such as downloading additional apps or posting on social networks.

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