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Apple is launching a new app called Books that will debut this fall with iOS 12 Apple is launching a new app called Books that will debut this fall with iOS 12
Nina Mathis | 13 June, 2018, 03:00

Apps may "facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself", although apps facilitating Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs") must originate from "established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants ("FCM"), or other approved financial institutions". Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources.

"Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device", the guidelines now state.

The updated guidelines, posted last week, are found in the Hardware Compatibility and Cryptocurrencies sections of the document. These conditions extend to apps providing cryptocurrency futures trading, and other crypto-securities or quasi-securities trading. Apple's new iOS guidelines, specifically listed under section 3.15 called cryptocurrencies, ban apps from mining for Bitcoins and other virtual currencies unless it is done off-device (via the cloud).

The move allows US iPhone users to share their health record data with third-party apps from autumn.




The Book Store tab makes it easy to browse all that Apple Books has to offer, including Top Charts, Staff Picks, Editorial Collections, and Special Offers & Free.

Apple's change blocks apps from contacting people using contact- or photo-gathered information, "except at the explicit initiative of that user on an individualized basis".

Four years ago, Apple removed every single bitcoin wallet application on its App Store, including popular wallet app Blockchain.

Apps related to cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin wallets and the accessing of exchanges will still be allowed on iPads and iPhones, so Apple isn't turning its back on the surging interest in cryptocurrencies. Exchanges can offer fully-featured apps offering trading abilities, as long as the apps are issued by the exchanges themselves and not third parties.

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