Apple Blocks Coinbase Wallet App From Sending NFTs Because of In-App Purchase Dispute

Popular NFT and cryptocurrency app Coinbase Wallet today said that Apple required an NFT-sending feature to be removed from the app due to an in-app purchase dispute. Apple's App Store review team apparently told Coinbase that the "gas fees required to send NFTs need to be paid through in-app purchase."

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Apple wanted a cut of transactions, which Coinbase Wallet said is similar to Apple attempting to take a cut of fees for every email that's sent over the internet. Apple is asking for something that is not possible, because the in-app purchase system does not support cryptocurrency to begin with.

Coinbase Wallet says that Apple would not approve an app update until the NFT-sending feature was disabled, and the removal of the functionality will make it more difficult for iPhone users who have an NFT to transfer the NFT to other wallets or gift an NFT to friends or family.

The developers behind the app say that Apple has introduced profit-protecting policies that come at the expense of "developer innovation across the crypto ecosystem." Coinbase Wallet is hoping that this is a mistake and has tweeted an invitation to Apple to discuss the matter.

Top Rated Comments

andrewxgx Avatar
9 weeks ago
for those who dont know what this is about, it would be like a sending bank transfer thorugh the app and apple would block the app for not giving them 30% of the transfer fee
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nikhsub1 Avatar
9 weeks ago

That has nothing to do with a bank analogy.

An NFT is an in app purchase. It's not money.

And they are all crimes and scams so don't defend this garbage that has caused so many losses for dupes and has laundered so much money for criminals.
Dude, get over the in app purchase, THIS IS IF I ALREADY OWN THE NFT AND WANT TO SEND IT TO YOU. This is NOT about in app purchases but about sending an NFT you already own to someone else.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mike1450 Avatar
9 weeks ago
They still have NFTs? I thought we agreed not to do this stuff anymore.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aloysiusfreeman Avatar
9 weeks ago

The developers behind the app say that Apple has introduced profit-protecting policies that come at the expense of "developer innovation across the crypto ecosystem."
Whatever Apple does at the expense of the crypto ecosystem is A+ by me.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nikhsub1 Avatar
9 weeks ago

No it isn't.

A bank transfer isn't a purchase.

And banks police money laundering and suspect transfers themselves.

Actually, it is. If I want to send you an NFT that I have in my wallet, apple wants 30% of the Gas fee (transaction fee, like a wire fee etc) that I have to pay to send you the NFT. So it would be like apple saying they want 30% of my Chase wire fee. Make NO SENSE.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deputy_doofy Avatar
9 weeks ago
It's weird to see crypto get lumped into "crime and drugs" as if the dollar (which is untraceable) hadn't been used for that very purpose for centuries. ?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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