Coinbase CEO comments on removing DApp functionality from iOS Wallet to comply with Apple

According to Twitter users, Coinbase is alerting people through their Wallet app that they might be roving DApp browser functionality from iOS devices. Apparently, their DApp services are against the iOS App Store’s terms of service. Coinbase recommends that users use the desktop Coinbase Wallet in order to continue using the services.

The news that @Apple is removing DApp browsers like @CoinbaseWallet from the app store, while disappointing, shouldn’t surprise anyone. Terms of service have been clear since the beginning and I’m mostly surprised it took this long. –@brandoniles

This news comes around the same time as Google banned MetaMask on Android due to it breaking their “ban on mining for mobile,” even though it is not a mining app. Coinbase’s DApp functionality works similarly to MetaMask, allowing users to interact with Web3 as a way to identify oneself and move money around.

Reddit initially broke this announcement, and CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong replied to the thread.

“Coinbase CEO here. This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating usage of Dapps from the App Store,” Armstrong continued, “This is an important area of innovation in finance, and many developers and early adopters of this technology have millions of dollars worth of crypto tied up in these financial applications, which they will no longer be able to use on Apple mobile devices if this app store policy continues”

Apple has always been strict when it comes to 3rd party applications entering the App Store. Reportedly, even Chrome for iOS is just Safari with a different skin. Until Apple makes some type of Web3 compatibility themselves, it’s unlikely that we will see the technology being available on their own platform.