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Apple just banned cryptocurrency mining on iOS devices


Added 06-11-18 02:10:02pm EST - “Apple is worried about the battery drain from background cryptocurrency mining.” - Arstechnica.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Arstechnica.com: “Apple just banned cryptocurrency mining on iOS devices”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple recently announced new restrictions on the use of cryptocurrencies on iPhones and iPads, a change first noticed by Apple Insider on Monday.

"Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device," Apple's app store guidelines for iOS now say. This requirement was absent from the same document just a few weeks ago.

Apple's new policy is apparently motivated in part by concerns that cryptocurrency mining could drain the batteries of mobile devices. "Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining," the policy states.

Websites have been battling this issue for months: people submitting scammy ads to ad networks that hijack the user's CPU to mine cryptocurrency and send the profits back to the admaker. YouTube was briefly serving up these ads before Google noticed the problem and banned the ads.

But Apple's new policy seems to go beyond obviously abusive cases of surreptitious cryptocurrency mining. The guidelines ban any on-device mining—even if users deliberately download an app whose explicit purpose is to mine for cryptocurrency.

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