Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Apple limits how apps can handle and share users' contact lists

Apple limits how apps can handle and share users' contact lists

In March 2018, 9to5Macreported that Apple pulled a calendar app from its App Store for violating the efficient power guidelines. It's a process where cybercriminals use scripts or apps to "steal" your device's computation power in order to mine cryptocurrencies.

Further adding to the pressure on cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin's price declined on Monday following the hacking of South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail.

However, mining for cryptocurrency is only acceptable if "performed off-device", such as in the case of cloud-based mining. However, since Mac users can download third-party programs from outside the Mac App Store, it's likely that mining will still occur on that platform without Apple's blessing. This is not a move against cryptocurrency apps in general.

The promising thing here is that Apple seem very open to the idea of new apps being produced which will integrate the use of cryptocurrencies. These, Apple writes, "must come from established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants, or other approved financial institutions and must comply with all applicable law".

The new Apple Books app launches this fall, with the Book Store available in 51 countries, and free books available in 155 countries.

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Apple has previously blocked apps for supporting cryptocurrencies it disapproves of.

"Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organization".

Similarly, Apple is also allowing apps to facilitate crypto transactions "on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself". In a dedicated cryptocurrency section, the company goes on to break down in more detail what is - and, crucially, is not - permissible.

And apps won't be allowed to offer cryptocurrency in exchange for letting them complete other tasks such as downloading additional apps or posting on social networks.

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