Apple doesn't want you mining bitcoin on your iPhone

Marion JacobsJun 13, 2018

Apple now reportedly restricts the contact information app developers can take from users and they are no longer allowed to use data to build databases of information. For instance, apps facilitating any exchange or transfer of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin were mandated to abide in compliance with all federal and relevant state laws of its offering.

Apple has updated its App Store guidelines to disallow all apps from supporting on-device cryptocurrency mining.

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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.

Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run on unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining. That may not be the only issue, but it brings to the limelight what view the company has on apps affect the performance of its devices. These, Apple writes, "must come from established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants, or other approved financial institutions and must comply with all applicable law". This regulation could serve as a warning to similar apps and ads on the App Store that claim to provide services to users while secretly mining in the background. The technology giant reversed its stance soon after, despite pulling moves like removing multi-cryptocurrency wallet Jaxx after its disapproval of Dash in 2016.

Apple's new guidelines "sound like they're nearly written in response to what Onavo and others have been doing", said Will Strafach, a researcher who has studied Onavo Protect and focuses on the security of Apple's iOS mobile operating system. In a dedicated cryptocurrency section, the company goes on to break down in more detail what is - and, crucially, is not - permissible.

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