Apple has banned apps that mine cryptocurrency from its App Store. the tech giant just updated its developer guidelines to prohibit on-device cryptocurrency mining.
According to the guideline, the rules limit apps, which drain the battery by running unrelated background processes. Such situation always takes place in cryptocurrency mining.
“Design your app to use power efficiently. Apps should not rapidly drain 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,” Apple says in its website.
Besides, the updated developer guidelines have included an entire section on cryptocurrency, which applies to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS apps.
Last March, Calendar 2 app was removed from the Mac App Store for allegedly mining cryptocurrency on users’ devices in exchange for premium features. With that removal, Apple showed its first move against cryptocurrency mining.
Apple isn’t the first company to outlaw direct mining. Google has already removed crypto-mining extensions from its Chrome Web Store. Besides, the Securities and Exchange Commission has recently become quite aggressive about shutting down initial coin offerings that seem insidious.