After complains from users, Apple temporarily struck-off Qbit’s Calendar 2 app from their Mac App Store. One of the premium features of Calendar 2 app could allow consenting users to mine Monero in the background. However, Apple now reveals that the app operation collides with the company’s set rules.
Qbit is the company behind Calendar 2. Despite the suspension, the app remains as an improvement of Apple’s Calendar app. The application premium services are accessible to the users they either purchase the app or make monthly subscription.
To juice things up, Qbit forwarded more proposals to willing users offering more premium features in exchange of the app mining Monero behind the scheme. It was definitely a brilliant idea considering that the hashing algorithm of Monero, CryptoNight, is not CPU intensive.
Calendar 2 Coding Error
However, due to a coding error, some users reported extreme power usage, consumption of processing power and overheating. This happened even when they try to opt out of mining Monero directly convening with Apple Stores rules and regulations.
Qbit CEO Greg Margashak explains that the suspension came as a result of its direct violation of Apple’s guidelines.
According to Apple App Store 2.4.2 rules, all apps should be power efficient, be easy on the device and not drain power rapidly. On top of this, the app should not generate excessive heat.
Customers who had downloaded this app reportedly found the app and “killed” it after it “ate up” their CPU power and rapidly draining their batteries.
Qbit Free Premium Offers
According to Qbit, the extra mining code was struck off within hours of suspension. To appease customers, Qbit is now offering free premium services to all their existing and new customers for the next one year. Besides, all the Monero mined-thought to be worth $2,000 shall be used for improving the app.
The CEO however worries bout the “growing global energy use of Proof of Work cryptos.”
In his words he said cryptocurrencies give miners “a dangerous set of incentives which can lead to electricity waste on a global scale we’ve never seen before.”
Monero Remains Bearish
Generally, Monero, like most cryptocurrencies, are in a bear trend. But it’s the rapid decline that is putting it on the spot light. The rapid depreciation comes hot on heels after postponement of MoneroV hard fork to April 30.
Even though there is a 1:10 MoneroV Air Drop, many coin owners believe that this new coin is but a scam and exchanges should not list it.