Apple app store blocks Gnosis Safe wallet Update for Hosting NFTs

Apple has blocked Gnosis Safe’s ability to update its app unless it offers NFTs through an in-app purchase. Gnosis Safe’s crypto wallet app update was blocked by the Apple App Store due to NFTs it hosted that were not purchased within the app. Lukas Schor, a product developer at Ethereum-based cryptocurrency wallet provider Gnosis Safe, revealed that the firm ran into problems when it submitted an updated version to the IOS store. Schor pointed out that the App Store flagged a sample photo that showed an NFT in the description section of the app’s app. This was despite the fact that the update had nothing to do with nonfungibles. Apple is blocking the release of our @gnosissafe app because it contains NFTs. After two weeks of back and forth, I felt the need to speak publicly about it to raise awareness. Gnosis Safe (@SchorLukas) September 14, 2021 While the app is still listed in the store along with the image displaying the NFT, it appears that Apple is blocking the update due to its guidelines around digital content. Gnosis shared screenshots of correspondence he had with Apple support via email. The tech giant said that although “NFTs” are not specifically mentioned in its guidelines, apps cannot access “previously purchased digital material” outside of the app store. This means that apps can’t provide any NFT-related services unless integrated with Apple payment methods. Gnosis Safe (@SchorLukas) September 14, 2021 Schor stated that Gnosis will submit an appeal over the decision as he called on Apple to clarify its guidelines around NFTs. He also stated that Apple does not plan to remove NFT support from its app. Apple currently prohibits payment rails other than those offered by the company in apps in its store. Gnosis does not sell NFTs, but Apple charges a flat 30% commission for in-app purchases digital goods and services. This policy could be a temporary one, however, as Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a permanent order in the Epic Games vs Apple matter on Sept.10. This will likely lead to major changes to the app store. Epic Games, creators of Fortnite, created its own in-game payments system to bypass Apple’s in app payment system. This led to the game being removed from the App-store. Epic filed legal action against Apple in August 2020. The lawsuit specifically targeted Apple’s in-app payment policies. Judge Rogers issued her first ruling in the case on Friday. She ordered Apple to allow alternative payment options in apps listed in its store. The injunction will go into effect Dec. 9, 2021 unless it’s enjoined otherwise.

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