Apple has made a change to their guidelines that categorically bans mobile trading apps used for binary options trading from its App Store. The ban is apparently in response to an increasing number of customer complaints regarding binary trading apps.
Another factor influencing Apple’s decision may be an overall, wide-reaching regulatory crackdown on binary options trading. Financial regulatory entities largely ignored binary options trading when it initially became available, but within the past year have stepped up scrutiny and regulation of brokers significantly. This action is reflected in the closing of many binary options trading firms just within the past several months.
The move affects not only binary options brokerage firms, but other industry participants, such as trading signal providers, as well.
Apple suggests that binary options traders alternatively use web-based interfaces, such as the online trading platforms that all binary options brokerages offer.
The action taken by Apple may have substantial impact on binary options brokers
Since binary options brokers will not be allowed to provide updates for existing trading apps through Apple’s App Store, the apps are likely to eventually cause technical difficulties for users. Existing binary trading apps will remain functional for the moment, but will eventually be completely removed by Apple.
Mobile binary options trading apps are at this time still available for Android users, however, it is quite possible that the Google Play Store may soon follow Apple’s lead. A total ban from Apple’s App Store of a specific type of application is a very extreme measure for the company to take, and is not likely to go unnoticed by its major competitor.
The action taken by Apple may have substantial impact on binary options brokers for three major reasons. First, many brokers have invested considerable sums in developing mobile apps to offer their clients. Second, there are a significant number of traders who prefer mobile trading. Brokerage firms may well lose clients as a result of no longer being able to offer such services. Finally, Apple’s action will undoubtedly raise levels of skepticism among potential clients and cause at least some of them to refrain from engaging in binary options trading. In short, the app ban by Apple may deal a substantial financial blow to both many individual brokerage firms and to the overall binary options trading industry.