Apple's App Store To Host New Support For Cryptocurrencies

Apple Updates App Store Guidelines, Tightens Rules for Crypto-Related Apps

The rules appear to be an attempt to nip any kind of "crypto-jacking", an increasingly common scam that hijacks a small portion of a users' device to mine cryptocurrency without them realizing.

As bitcoin prices peaked near $20,000 in December 2017, Apple unveiled a new section of guidelines specific to cryptocurrencies and ICOs on December 20.

According to the new rules, Apple will no longer allow indie developers to publish any wallet app on the App Store as only developers affiliated with a registered organization are eligible.

Because the App Store is the only way for most people to install software on their iPhones, Apple's new rule also suggests that there may not be any purpose-built apps to mine cryptocurrency either - not that any of these apps would really make any money for users. It comes amid explosive interest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, which are "mined" when people use multiple devices to solve complex mathematical problems that lock and unlock information in the blockchain.

Two sections have been updated in the new App Store Review Guidelines -section 2.4.2 (Hardware Compatibility) and 3.1.5 (b) (ii) (Cryptocurrencies).

Apply didn't immediately respond to request for comment. News about Apple's changes to the App Store aren't likely to play particularly well.

Addressing the rising frauds with the unregulated initial coin offering-based (ICO) fundraising technique, Apple is now only allowing apps from established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants ("FCM"), or other approved financial institutions.

Six months after crypto exchange Coinbase's app became the number one trending app on the App Store, Apple has now apps to provide wallet services under a caveat.

Apple is also cutting down on third-party apps providing crypto transactions on approved exchanges. Finally, cryptocurrency apps can't offer currency as a reward for downloading other apps, posting to social networks or encouraging other users to download apps.

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