For those that are not up to scratch with cryptocurrency , it is a digital currency that uses encryption techniques to regulate the generation of units and verify transferring funds. They do not have a central bank or nation of origin. Algorithmically complex puzzles can be solved using computing power to add currency to the pool available for purchase and as an award, the user is given some of the currency. This concept is known as “mining”.
The issue that Apple has found is not with mining itself, but with the news that apps like “Calendar 2” were mining for cryptocurrency in the background without the users consent. This creates issues as the mining process is often very complex so a lot of the memory that is needed by the user to perform their desired tasks is not available, leaving the phones other processes slower and causing high electricity usage.
Apple have not banned mining altogether however. Apps can still create interfaces to mining projects so for those who would like to continue mining, hope is not lost, they simply want to stop people using the hardware of the devices to mine. The issue with some of the apps that have cropped up is that they were not making it apparent to the user that mining is going on in the background. This opens up the wider question on if more checks should be put in place to look for background processes in apps and if developers should require more verification before their software can be available to the public.
Apple’s policies now say that “apps may not mine for crypto currencies unless the processing is performed off device (e.g. cloud-based mining)” but the extent of currency farming in the app store is unknown. Remember to always check software before installing it and to keep virus protection up to date with our managed services.