Apple bans cryptocurrency mining in applications designed for the iPhone or iPad.
Apple bans cryptocurrency mining
In updating the policy of Apple developers, the technology giant has now stated that any application is containing “background processes” that are not related to the app, such as crypto-intellectual analysis, is prohibited.
“Create an application for the efficient use of energy”, – stated in the updated policy. “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”
In the policy section on cryptocurrency, for example, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Monero, Apple states that applications can facilitate storage and transactions on the wallets of approved exchanges.
Nevertheless, the cryptocurrency is allowed only if it is “performed off-device”, for example, in the case of cloud mining.
The updated recommendations published last week are in the Cryptocurrencies and Hardware Compatibility section.
Apple reviewed its recommendations for developing applications after the incident with the Calendar 2 application from Qbix in March.
As reported by The Verge, the company was informed that the iOS application, which was available in the App Store at the time, was engaged in cryptocurrency mining in the background in exchange for providing users with premium features, but the option to refuse this function did not work.
This application was designed to develop Monero and in some cases would increase the use of the CPU to levels that were visible and unacceptable to users.
Calendar 2 was removed from the App Store and restarted without the mining element.
Mining should not harm
For Apple, policy changes may have affected what is already a growing problem. Mining cryptocurrency itself can be profitable and efficient, but only on the right devices and with the permission of users.
BACKGROUND CRYPTOCURRENCY PROCESSES THAT OPERATE WITHOUT USER KNOWLEDGE AND WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS CAN LEAD TO PERFORMANCE DEGRADATION
They can also potentially lead to equipment problems if the components of the device are always overloaded with work, which in turn can be problematic for suppliers.
While Google’s credit-based miners are currently allowed, Google has banned the advertising of cryptocurrencies and ICOs because of the fraud risk factor. It is possible that launching miners from Android-applications will be the next step.
In April, researchers at Kaspersky Lab discovered several malicious cryptocurrency applications on Google Play, some of which were downloaded more than 100,000 times.