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Apple: Don't use your iPhone to mine cryptocurrencies

Kate Rooney
Apple: Don't use your iPhone to mine cryptocurrencies
  • Apple has updated its developer guidelines to outlaw cryptocurrencies "mining" on iOS devices .
  • The new rules restrict apps that drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources — all of which take place in bitcoin mining.
  • "Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining," Apple says on its website.

Tech giant Apple AAPL has updated its developer guidelines to explicitly ban "mining" cryptocurrencies like bitcoin .

The new rules restrict apps that drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources — all of which take place in bitcoin mining.

"Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining," Apple said on its website .

It's unlikely someone could successfully "mine" bitcoin on an iPhone or iPad alone because of the amount of energy and computing power it takes. But Apple's move could pre-emptively stop future, less energy-intensive digital currencies from being mined on these devices or halt the pooling of multiple devices to accomplish it.

Here's what Apple's website says: