Apple changes App Store rules to cut data collection on your friends

13 June, 2018, 10:33 | Author: Rickey Flowers
  • A man walks past an electric board showing exchange rates of various cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin at a cryptocurrencies exchange in Seoul South Korea

The company went further than simply prohibiting mining elsewhere in its new guidelines by including other new rules pertaining to cryptocurrency.

Perhaps, the iPhone maker's new policy is partly, if not entirely, motivated by concerns that mining could drain the batteries of devices.

In an update to the Hardware Compatibility section of its developer guidelines, Apple said "apps, including any third party advertisements displayed with them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining".

Instead, the language seems to suggest Apple is cracking down on background processes running within an app, like an ad or script. So it's probably for the best that Apple has put a restriction on it so fewer people fall for what is essentially a scam and damage their devices.

Preventing cryptocurrency mining is crucial on iOS because this untethered mining operations can easily overheat or destroy batteries -or even devices if the battery case deforms, leaks, or catches fire.

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As bitcoin prices peaked near $20,000 in December 2017, Apple unveiled a new section of guidelines specific to cryptocurrencies and ICOs on December 20.

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

After the cryptominer was found to contain buggy code that made CPU usage on users devices spike, Apple pulled Calendar 2 from the macOS App Store.

Addressing the rising frauds with the unregulated initial coin offering-based (ICO) fundraising technique, Apple is now only allowing apps from established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants ("FCM"), or other approved financial institutions. Investors should do their due diligence before making any high-risk investments in Bitcoin or cryptocurrency. This is not a move against cryptocurrency apps in general.

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