Published On: Tue, Jun 12th, 2018

Apple Outlaws Cryptocurrency Mining Apps

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Following an update to its App Store review guidelines, Apple has explicitly halted the design and development of iOS applications which can be used for direct cryptocurrency mining. Still, off-device cloud-based mining is not affected by the changes. 
Direct Cryptocurrency Mining is a No-Go
Even though there’s no official record of when the update in the developer’s guidelines took place, Apple made it pretty clear that it is directly targeting the prevention of cryptocurrency mining.
In its updated guidelines, Apple instructs any developer who wants to list his or her application on the App Store to refrain from producing software which runs unrelated background processes:
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.
Exceptions Exist
Another section of Apple’s App Store review guidelines allows apps to mine for cryptocurrencies only if the process is performed off the device. Referring to so-called cloud-based mining:
(ii) Mining: Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off …

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