Following Apple's widely publicized mid-March removal of the Mac app Calendar 2 for running a cryptocurrency mining tool in the background, the App Store's Review Guidelines have been updated to explicitly ban on-device mining - across any type of app, and all of Apple's platforms. News about Apple's changes to the App Store aren't likely to play particularly well.More news: Biggest announcements from EA at E3 ft. Federation Internationale de Football Association 19, Anthem and more
Apple has also outlawed apps from mining cryptocurrencies on the device altogether. The rules appear to be an attempt to nip any kind of "crypto-jacking", an increasingly common scam that hijacks a small portion of a users' device to mine cryptocurrency without them realizing. "Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining", the new guideline reads. Initial offerings including futures investments, or other securities dealing with cryptocurrencies must be offered by an established bank, securities firm or exchange.
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. The technology giant reversed its stance soon after, despite pulling moves like removing multi-cryptocurrency wallet Jaxx after its disapproval of Dash in 2016.More news: Facing off with Trump, Trudeau dons the cape of 'Captain Canada'
In addition, Apple is giving its full support to cryptocurrency wallet apps, as long as they are "offered by developers enrolled as an organization". In a dedicated cryptocurrency section, the company goes on to break down in more detail what is - and, crucially, is not - permissible. Finally, cryptocurrency apps can't offer currency as a reward for downloading other apps, posting to social networks or encouraging other users to download apps.More news: After 'difficult' G7 summit, May warns against unilateral action on trade