Apple Bans App-Based Crypto Mining
On Monday, a report by AppleInsider stated new developer guidelines for cryptocurrency apps distributed through both the iOS and Mac App Stores. These new rules revised Apple standards for developers regarding cryptocurrency mining.
Under the Hardware Compatibility section, Apple now states that “apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.”
In addition, the section covering cryptocurrencies states that “Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organization.” Moreover, apps may not mine directly for cryptocurrencies, unless the mining is performed in the cloud or otherwise off-device.
The section continues on to state that Apps may “facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself,” although apps facilitating Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”) must originate from “established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants (“FCM”), or other approved financial institutions.”
Notably, the new terms prohibit the use of cryptocurrency, stating that cryptocurrency-related apps “may not offer currency for completing tasks, such as downloading other apps, encouraging other users to download, posting to social networks.”
Prior to this update per the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, the only mentions of cryptocurrencies in the guidelines were that apps were allowed to facilitate such transactions “provided that they do so in compliance with all state and federal laws for the territories in which the app functions,” while the ICO language was nearly identical as well.
The new standards aim to help protect App Store users and ensure the longevity of Apple devices.