Apple doesn't want you mining bitcoin on your iPhone

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

Apple's App Store To Host New Support For Cryptocurrencies

Apps can help users make pay, trade, or receive cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, but the apps must be from the exchanges themselves.

Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device (e.g. cloud-based mining).

In addition, Apple has expanded its prohibition on unnecessarily expending resources, draining the battery or generating heat with a specific callout to cryptocurrency mining.

In an update to Apple's developer policies, the tech giant has now stipulated that any app containing "background processes" which are unrelated to the app - such as cryptocurrency mining - are now specifically banned.

As bitcoin prices peaked near $20,000 in December 2017, Apple unveiled a new section of guidelines specific to cryptocurrencies and ICOs on December 20.

In March 2018, 9to5Macreported that Apple pulled a calendar app from its App Store for violating the efficient power guidelines.

Apple Updates App Store Guidelines, Tightens Rules for Crypto-Related Apps
Apple Publishes Revised Cryptocurrency, ICO Guidelines for App Store

Apple changed its App Store rules last week to restrict how developers gather, use and share information about iPhone users' friends, according to a Tuesday report from Bloomberg.

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

Apps related to cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin wallets and the accessing of exchanges will still be allowed on iPads and iPhones, so Apple isn't turning its back on the surging interest in cryptocurrencies.

The new Apple Books app launches this fall, with the Book Store available in 51 countries, and free books available in 155 countries. However, only official digital wallets providers and exchanges will be able to post their apps, potentially cutting out shady third-party software from facilitating cryptocurrency transactions.

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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