Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

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So developers looking at filling their apps with miners to generate a little bit of extra income could find themselves in hot water with Apple or have their apps yanked from the App Store.

A man walks past an electric board showing exchange rates of various cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (top L) at a cryptocurrencies exchange in Seoul, South Korea December 13, 2017.

Last week, it updated the store's review guidelines with an explicit ban against any software that'll mine cryptocurrencies over the device. Breaking the rules can get developers banned.

Apple has chose to ban on any crypto-mining app that might be used on its mobile products. Apple may have already had to face devices damaged by mining, which is probably why the company chose to act so strictly on the matter.

As explained in a new report from Bloomberg, iOS app developers have been allowed to request a user's permission to access address book or contact data, which, if granted, enabled aggregation of multiple types of information about friends, family, and business associates - names, phone numbers, email addresses, profile photos, birth dates, home and work addresses, and information on how recently the contact was created.

Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run on unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining. Still, off-device cloud-based mining is not affected by the changes. Most of it has occurred over Windows systems via dedicated mining rigs, which are usually PCs modified with several graphics cards.

In addition to hijacking your personal device for unseemly ends, background crypto-mining can also drain your phone's battery.

Apple is going to release a new version of the iBooks app this fall when the new iPhones are released. In the guidelines before the update, it was specified that the apps facilitating cryptocurrency exchange must accord with all the governmental laws and the Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) also must fulfill all applicable state and federal laws.

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