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Apple Bans Cryptocurrency Mining on iOS Devices

Apple in March removed "Calendar 2" app from the Mac App Store after it started mining cryptocurrency on devices in exchange for premium features

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After Facebook and Google, Apple has now targeted cryptocurrency, banning its mining on iPhones and iPads.

According to a report in The Verge on Tuesday, the iPhone maker Apple has introduced a new section on cryptocurrency in its guidelines on App Store that apply to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS app.

“Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes such as cryptocurrency mining,” said the guidelines.

Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organisation.

“In addition, apps may not mine directly for cryptocurrencies, unless the mining is performed in the Cloud or otherwise off-device,” it stated.

Apps may “facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself”.

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Cryptocurrency. Pixabay

Apps facilitating Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) must come from “established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants (‘FCM’), or other approved financial institutions”.

Cryptocurrency-related apps “may not offer currency for completing tasks, such as downloading other apps, encouraging other users to download, posting to social networks”, the guidelines stated.

Apple in March removed “Calendar 2” app from the Mac App Store after it started mining cryptocurrency on devices in exchange for premium features.

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Facebook and Google have already banned cryptocurrency, token sales and Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) advertisements on their platforms.

Twitter has also started blocking cryptocurrency-related ads on its platform.

“We have added a new policy for Twitter Ads relating to cryptocurrency. Under this new policy, the advertisement of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and token sales will be prohibited globally,” Twitter said. (IANS)

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New Apple Patent Hints At Touchscreen MacBook in Making

Earlier, Craig Federighi the senior Vice President of Apple said the company has decided against producing a touchscreen Mac

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Insertion of touch display in Apple MacBook can be used for various functions and commands. Pixabay

A new patent has surfaced online that hints Apple touchscreen MacBook could be in the making.

The patent is filed under the US Patent No 20200019367 titled “Cross-Device Interactions.” In one of the descriptions, Apple explicitly mentions touchscreen laptops.

It stated that “in some embodiments, display 5012 is also a touch-sensitive display,” moreover, it adds that “in one or more of such embodiments, the user optionally performs a variety of finger inputs over display 5012 to enter user inputs via display 5012,” AppleInsider reported recently.

As seen in the patent description, the screen is described as “a touch sensitive display” and the user can choose “a variety of finger inputs over display” depending on their purpose.

The touch display can be used for various functions and commands.

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A new patent has surfaced online that hints Apple touchscreen MacBook could be in the making. Pixabay

Earlier, Craig Federighi the senior Vice President of Apple said the company has decided against producing a touchscreen Mac.

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“We really feel that the ergonomics of using a Mac are that your hands are rested on a surface, and that lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve looked at any of the other guys to date and said, how fast can we get there?” (IANS)