In a recent update, the personal computing company expanded its initial guidelines on cryptocurrencies. Before, the guidelines specified apps facilitating cryptocurrency exchange and/or initial coin offerings (ICOs) must comply with all applicable state and federal laws.
Now, the guidelines specify more than that. In five bullet points, the guidelines run through Apple’s policy on wallets, mining, exchanges, ICOs, and rewards that take the form of cryptocurrency.
Most notable among them: the updated policy bars any apps used on an Apple product from mining for cryptocurrencies unless performed “off device”. The reasoning behind this change seems to be connected to Apple’s policies on hardware compatibility, where it reads:
“Design your app to use power efficiently. 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.”