Ethereum and its native currency ether have received the lion’s share of hype and media attention these days. But could Apple iOS policy be a stumbling block to mass acceptance?
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Ether Banned from App Store
One developer, who wished to remain anonymous, said Apple had told her unofficially that ether (ETH) was not an “approved” virtual currency under Apple’s guidelines – and thus no apps that facilitated transmission of ETH between parties could be green-lighted for the iOS App Store at this time.
This would apply only to wallets and games that could send/receive ETH. There are several other apps that track ETH price or the Ethereum blockchain, such as Ether Portfolio and Ethereum Stats.
Apple does not publish a list of approved currencies. However, the only cryptocurrencies with wallets currently available in the iOS App Store are Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin.
Developers of the Jaxx Bitcoin/Ethereum wallet, which has been available on other desktop/mobile platforms since February, declined to comment on Apple’s policies. Jaxx’s homepage, however, still shows an iOS version in beta testing and scheduled for imminent release.
At press time, Apple PR had not responded to Bitcoin.com’s email or