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Apple bans Cryptocurrency Mining; issues instructions to developers

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For all the cryptocurrency lovers out there, we got some bad news. Apple has updated its developer guidelines to explicitly ban “mining” cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

The new rules restrict apps that drain the battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources — all of which take place in bitcoin mining. “Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining,” Apple said on its website.

Here’s what Apple’s website says:

2.4 Hardware Compatibility

2.4.2 Design your app to use power efficiently. Apps should not rapidly drain the battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources. Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.

 

In addition, an entire section on cryptocurrencies states the following:

Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organization.” In addition, apps may not mine directly for cryptocurrencies, unless the mining is performed in the cloud or otherwise off-device. Apps may “facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself,” although apps facilitating Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) must originate from “established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants (“FCM”), or other approved financial institutions.” And finally, cryptocurrency-related apps “may not offer currency for completing tasks, such as downloading other apps, encouraging other users to download, posting to social networks.

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Well the Android counterpart, don’t be too happy about this because you might see a similar change in the guidelines soon enough. Google is keeping the door open to the same kind of move. The company updates its user policies on a monthly basis, a spokesperson said, when asked about the possibility of a cryptocurrency mining ban.

Many of the users might be perceiving this as a limitation for their device, but this is a blessing in disguise. With the rise of cryptocurrency, the malware it encloses has risen too. The cases of cryptocurrency malware have surged the market over the past few years. The first quarter of 2018 saw information theft malware being the most detected event in end-user’s devices.

Rejoice for you have one less tension or a problem to worry about.