There are a lot of applications that Apple rejects from publishing on their app store and its driving developers crazy every time. This is ultimately helping to drive to the Android platforms. Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of the Ethereum, posted yesterday on his Twitter page criticizing Apple for its “restrictive app store policies”.
Vitalik’s tweet suggests that there have been no complaints made from the developers despite the strict app store policies. Submissions for mobile apps for iOS are subject to approval by Apple’s App Review team. Some statements show that applications have been rejected based on the functionality of toolbars and vibration features.
Apple lately updated its developer guidelines to avoid cryptocurrency “mining” on iOS devices. The new rules restrict any apps that drain the battery, generate excessive heat, or put needless strain on device’s resources — all of which happens in cryptocurrency mining. Apple said on its website:
“Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.”
The irony is that Apple has specially mentioned guidelines to avoid cryptocurrency “mining” but Apple’s Co-founder has all delightful things to discuss about the crypto world. Steve Wozniak, recently at the NEX technology conference in New York said:
“Wozniak highlighted Ethereum as having the potential to outlive the hype because of its use case, and ability for programmers to build their own related projects. Bitcoin, which Wozniak has called digital gold, despite being down more than 50 percent this year, is still just amazing.”
JeremyBrace, a business owner and a Twitter user commented:
“Purpose is to secure the eco system and prevent bad actors. Also to enchance user experience. It’s also a private company. Users are free to leave the system whenever they want. With government regulations, it’s mandatory and difficult to change in most instances etc.”
To this Buterin replied:
“Installing a VPN in most countries that have national firewalls (or self-imposed ones, like sites blocking EU voluntarily due to (GDPR) continues to be not that difficult.”
DougPolkPoker, founder at CoinCentral commented:
“Because people love their iPhones.”
Dan Robinson, a Lawyer and a Twitter user commented:
“At least from a legal perspective, the main reason this isn’t considered an antitrust concern (but Microsoft’s platform was) is that the iPhone’s market share is technically not that high. I’m not sure if that’s the reason people complain less. But consumers really do have the ability to choose not to use the iPhone”