Apple doesn't want you mining bitcoin on your iPhone

Delia Walker
June 13, 2018

Developers could use this shared medical data to personalise apps tailored for medication tracking, disease management, nutrition planning and medical research. Apps should not rapidly drain the battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources. But the new App Store Review Guidelines prohibit developers from making databases with information taken from iPhone owners' contacts, and restrict them from sharing such a database with third parties, or selling it.

As crypto mining through apps becomes more prevalent Mac has had to address it in the release of their new guidelines. "Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device (e.g. cloud-based mining)", Apple's new App Store guidelines say.

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

As reported earlier today, Apple's crackdown on App Store privacy bans applications that "collect information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing".

The move allows US iPhone users to share their health record data with third-party apps from autumn.

But it's perusing the whole situation with a careful eye, noting that Initial Coin Offerings and other investments in digital money will need to come from established banks and securities firms, and approved financial institutions. The app even made it to number 3 in the finance category of the App Store before Apple pulled it down.

Apple will allow virtual currency wallet apps, as long as they're offered by developers who are enrolled as organizations.

Similarly, Apple is also allowing apps to facilitate crypto transactions "on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself".

The company has listed the complete guidelines on the section of cryptocurrency.

And apps may not offer cryptocurrency as an incentive for taking specific actions, such as downloading other apps, posting to social media or urging others to download apps.

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