Apple Bans Cryptocurrency Mining On All Devices

Ruben Fields
June 12, 2018

Apple already saw some of the apps available through its store mine cryptocurrency on users' devices in exchange for some premium features.

Apple has updated its review guidelines to specifically prohibit iOS and Mac apps uploaded on the company's official App Store from utilizing users' devices for cryptocurrency mining operations. Under the mandated rules.

This step was taken by the firm considering the degradation of device performance and battery life due to mining as in the performance section of the guidelines Apple noted: "Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources". The section also bans apps and any third-party ads from running "unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining".

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.

Apple has a clear message for cryptocurrency enthusiasts: Don't mine it on our devices.

"Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device", the guidelines now state.

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Apple additionally wants to ensure the seriousness of Initial Coin Offerings, cryptocurrency futures trading, and other crypto-securities or quasi-securities trading.

Six months after crypto exchange Coinbase's app became the number one trending app on the App Store, Apple has now apps to provide wallet services under a caveat.

Four years ago, Apple removed every single bitcoin wallet application on its App Store, including popular wallet app Blockchain.

The guidelines do allow apps that facilitate ICOs, as long as they work with established banks and follow all applicable compliance laws.

Finally, the world's most valuable company has also mandated that apps do not offer cryptocurrency as rewards to users for completing tasks.

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