I have been looking into the feasibility of creating an app that mines crypto-currency. I have been searching the appstore for similar apps but none have come up where the miner is part of the app. Does anyone know if Apple allows mining from app? i.e would an app that does mining have even the slightest chance at being approved?

  • Even if it would what would be the benefit? Apps will only get limited CPU Access while in background, and any foreground app mining bitcoins will empty the battery rather fast. – nohillside Nov 20 '17 at 8:57
  • Thanks. I am aware of the technical aspects of what I doing. However I have not found anything that explicitly states activities such as crypto-currency mining is prohibited in ios apps. This is the answer I seek. – Mark Hollas Nov 20 '17 at 9:16
  • @MarkHollas In that case, color me curious: even using the GPU, how can this possibly be efficient/make money? – JMY1000 Nov 23 '17 at 9:28
  • @JMY1000 it is a power in numbers game and targeting crypto currency that do not allow GPU mining. – Mark Hollas Nov 24 '17 at 4:49
  • @MarkHollas I'm aware, I'm just curious how you managed to calculate it'd be profitable. – JMY1000 Nov 24 '17 at 4:54

A quick skim through the App Store Review Guidelines didn't reveal anything obvious.

That said, section 2.4.2 currently contains the following:

Design your app to use power efficiently. Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources.

I'm guessing that would be the clause they'd use to reject any crypto currency mining, which would by definition be CPU/GPU intentive.

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