Apple App Store Blocks NFT Hosting Gnosis Safe Wallet Update


Apple’s App Store has reportedly blocked an update to the Gnosis Safe crypto wallet app due to NFT hosting that was not purchased in the app.

Lukas Schor, product developer at Ethereum-based crypto wallet provider Gnosis Safe, revealed that the company encountered issues when it submitted an updated version of its app to the IOS app store early in the year. month.

Schor noted on September 14 that despite the update having nothing to do with non-fungibles, the App Store reported a sample image that displayed an NFT in the app’s description section, even s ‘it had been in place for “many months”.

While the app is still listed in the store with the image showing the NFT, it looks like Apple is blocking the update due to its digital content guidelines.

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

Essentially, this means that apps cannot provide any NFT related services unless they are integrated with Apple payment methods.

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

Schor said Gnosis will appeal the decision because it has asked Apple to clarify its guidelines regarding NFTs. He also suggested that the company is not considering reverting to its NFT support in its app:

“Unauthorized access to Web3 is at the heart of our values, so we are ready to go the extra mile to clarify this. Simply removing NFTs from our app is definitely 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. Although Gnosis does not sell an NFT in its app, Apple charges a fixed 30% commission on in-app purchases of digital goods and services.

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This policy may not last very long, as Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers issued a permanent injunction in the Epic Games vs Apple case on September 10 that will potentially result in a major change in the App Store.

Epic Games, the creators of the hugely popular online game Fortnite last year built their own in-game payment system to bypass Apple’s in-app payment system, which resulted in the game being removed from the game. ‘App-store.

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

On Friday, in Judge Rogers’ first ruling on the case, she ordered Apple to allow other payment options in the apps listed on its store, with the injunction due to go into effect on December 9, 2021 – unless that it is not ordered by a higher court.