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

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"Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device (e.g. cloud-based mining)", Apple's new App Store guidelines say.

Moreover, Apple is also barring apps from crypto mining activity done within the device.

The guidelines reference cryptocurrency mining in two places, in a section about power efficiency (2.4.2) and a separate Cryptocurrencies section (3.1.5).

Along with new apps, the guidelines will apply to existing apps as well.

For those interested in cryptocurrencies, don't expect to do any mining via apps installed on the iPhone.

In sticking with the original mandate, only mainstream banks and similar financial institutions will be allowed to develop and publish apps enabling crypto futures trading and initial coin offerings, Apple said.

Such extensions will still work with Safari 12, but being depreciated means it's only a matter of time until support is dropped entirely, at which point only Safari App Extensions will work.


The tech giants of the world (and probably the entire galaxy), Apple, have recently updated the rules and regulations for developers who wish to develop applications which will be available for download on the Apple App Store.

On Monday June 4, Apple expanded on those crypto-centric guidelines with several key inclusions into specific functionalities like wallet storage and mining for apps on its App Store platform.

In July 2017, Apple 'approved' Dash as a cryptocurrency.

According to the new rules, Apple will no longer allow indie developers to publish any wallet app on the App Store as only developers affiliated with a registered organization are eligible.

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. Exchanges are fine, too, as long as they are the ones offering transactions or transmissions of currency.

Apple further disallowed cryptocurrency apps that reward users for completing tasks such as downloading other apps or coaxing other users to do the same or to make social media posts.

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