According to Apple’s newly updated Review Guidelines for the App Store, the software giant is banning apps that mine cryptocurrencies. The ban extends to all countries and to all Apple platforms.
Calendar 2 was removed from the Mac App Store in March of this year when it was discovered the app mined cryptocurrency on private devices in exchange for paid features. It was the first move Apple made against mining apps and scripts.
Since such apps can drain batteries and create excessive heat during the mining process, users should probably see Apple’s move as a positive one.
“Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background process, such as cryptocurrency mining,” Apple states on its website.
CNBC reports that it is “unlikely someone could successfully ‘mine’ Bitcoin on an iPhone or iPad alone because of the amount of energy and computing power it takes.” Crypto mining is a complex math set typically conducted by higher-powered computers.
On Monday of this week, Bitcoin reached its lowest value in over two months, trading at just over $6,700, according to CoinDesk. That’s down from over $19,000 in December, 2017.
Cryptocurrency has drawn both praise and critique from financial and trends experts. Now, it seems that more consideration will be given to processing requirements for mining successfully. It is unlikely this move by Apple will put a dent in enthusiasts or developers, however, as the market continues to create excitement.