New Developer Guidelines Prohibit Apps From Running Unrelated Background Processes
Earlier this month, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced several changes for developers including a guideline preventing any apps from running unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining. According to Computerworld, it seems some malware has been using a portion of CPU power by coordinating thousands of iPads or iPhones to mine cryptocurrencies without device owners knowing, and Apple is stopping the practice.
Cryptocurrencies are obtained through the act of mining, which involves algorithms that solve complex cryptographic-based equations. While the act of mining has become popular with the rise in cryptocurrency interest, the amount of electrical power needed is very expensive. One iPhone or iPad could not support the act of mining but could be achieved when coordinated with a hive of devices, which significantly drains each device's battery. For the whole story, click here.
Good move, Apple. It will be interesting to see if other carriers go the same route.