Saturday, October 1

Apple’s App Store Reportedly Blocks Gnosis Safe Wallet Update to Host NFT

Apple’s App Store reportedly blocked an update to the crypto wallet app Gnosis Safe due to hosting NFTs that were not purchased within the app.

Lukas Schor, a product developer at Ethereum-based crypto wallet provider Gnosis Safe, revealed that the company ran into trouble when it submitted an updated version of its app to the IOS app store earlier this month.

Schor pointed out on Sept. 14 that even though the update has nothing to do with non-expendables, the App Store flagged a sample image showing an NFT in the app’s description section, even though it had been active for “many months”.

While the app is still showing up in the store along with the image showing the NFT, it appears that Apple is blocking the update due to their guidelines on digital content.

According to the screenshots it shared of Gnosis’s correspondence with Apple support via email, the tech giant stated that while “NFTs are not specifically mentioned” in its guidelines, applications cannot provide access to “digital content. previously purchased “purchased outside of the app store.

This basically means that the apps cannot provide any NFT-related services unless they are integrated with Apple’s payment methods.

“If you choose not to implement in-app purchase, it would be appropriate to review your app so that you do not access previously purchased digital content,” the email concluded.

Schor stated that Gnosis will file an appeal on the decision and asked Apple to clarify its guidelines on NFT. He also suggested that the company has no plans to retire its NFT support in its application:

“Permission-free access to Web3 is central to our values, so we are willing to go the extra mile to clarify this. Definitely removing NFTs from our application is not an option for us. “

Apple currently prohibits the inclusion of payment rails beyond those offered by the firm in the applications listed in its store. While Gnosis does not sell NFT in its app, Apple charges a flat fee of 30% on in-app purchases of digital goods and services.

However, this policy may not last much longer, as Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a permanent injunction in the Epic Games vs Apple case on September 10 that will potentially see a major change in the app store.

Epic Games, the creators of the very popular online game Fortnite, built their own in-game payment system last year to bypass Apple’s in-app payment system, resulting in the removal of the game from the app store. .

In August 2020, Epic took legal action against Apple, specifically targeting the company’s in-app payment policies.

In Judge Rogers’ first ruling on the case on Friday, she issued an order for Apple to allow alternative payment options in the apps listed on its store, and the court order will go into effect on December 9, 2021, unless that is ordered by a higher court.