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

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Users must already opt in to sharing Contacts information with app developers, but now Apple has placed more restrictions on what developers can do with that information after they obtain it.

Apple is going to release a new version of the iBooks app this fall when the new iPhones are released. Unfortunately, none of those things will be used to mine cryptocurrency. "We will continue to evaluate the issue as the market evolves".

Note: Apps for trading cryptocurrencies and tracking prices will not be affected by the changes.

Apple's concerns about cryptocurrency mining stem from power efficiency.

In terms of what Apple will allow, cryptocurrency wallet apps are still allowed, "provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organization".

The fruit-themed device maker has now expanded its requirements.

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Last week, it updated the store's review guidelines with an explicit ban against any software that'll mine cryptocurrencies over the device. For some developers, that can be a treasure trove of information they can sell or use to further their businesses.

Cryptocurrency mining has been disallowed in App Store apps, unless the processing is performed somewhere other than an Apple device, such as a remote server or cloud provider. The move comes at a time when 'cryptojacking', a malware attack wherein malicious attackers scrumptiously hijack a computer or a phone's computing power to mine cryptocurrencies, is a growing menace.

Cupertino's new dev rules restrict apps that drain the battery, put unnecessary strain on an iPhone's or iPad's resources, and cause the fancy gadgets to generate excessive heat.

Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run on unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.

That's easy to declare but hard to enforce. Some developers have bulk-texted friends of users using contact information to help build user bases for their services.

Apple has now made a decision to take stern steps to prevent such scenarios from happening again, mainly because mining operations tend to drag down the OS, making the entire device slower, and diminishing the well-crafted macOS and iOS experiences.