Recently, Gnosis Safe’s head of product development, Lukas Schor, has stated that the mobile app of the company has been blocked thanks to Apple, with the reason apparently being centred around the display of non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Although Apple routinely displays all kinds of new and innovative products at its annual event, there is also a lot of chatter about what the tech giant actually allows its users to add to the devices.
With that in mind, Lukas revealed the aforementioned information about Apple blocking Gnosis Safe’s Ethereum wallet. As previously alluded to, Apple reportedly did this because not only would users be able to manage and categorize the custody of their respective cryptocurrency funds, but it would simultaneously enable them to view NFTs, too, among other various digital assets.
Apple’s issue with NFTs
For those who might be unaware, non-fungible tokens are essentially tokens based on blockchain technology (usually on Ethereum) which imply a record of ownership for any specific physical or virtual object. These NFTs can hence be sold and bought or traded. Furthermore, due to the skyrocketing popularity of NFTs, numerous wallets are starting to integrate NFTs in an effort to enable individuals to see all of the virtual objects, art, and collectables.
The abovementioned NFT integration into Gnosis Safe has thus been causing issues with Apple. Apparently, Apple had inquired about if the new app version can be utilized to store non-fungible tokens, and the answer to this inquiry was that NFTs have, in fact, been integrated with the application already earlier on in 2021 and that the most recent update concerns the connection of the Gnosis Safe to a hard wallet. Moreover, Gnosis also revealed that it was possible to store various non-fungible tokens onto the application by its users.
Apple, therefore, stated that this should not be allowed, as adding any functionality, services, paid digital content, and so on that can be accessed and paid for by means that are separate from that of the App Store’s in-app purchases is inappropriate, according to the company’s representatives.
Naturally, many wanted a more elaborate explanation on the issue, for which Apple was only too happy to oblige. According to various follow-up messages which were sent out to try and hopefully resolve this issue, Apple representatives stated that it is mainly this feature that is causing problems and that Gnosis should get rid of it. The problem is clearly that of the ability being given to users to view and access content that is not paid for through in-app purchases, which in this case concerns NFTs.
So, it is possible to purchase the non-fungible tokens via an application on your Apple device. However, it would not be possible to store the NFTs that were bought elsewhere.