Apple: NFTs Can't Gate Access on iOS

Apple: NFTs Can't Gate Access on iOS

Apple has updated its App Store guidelines for NFTs prohibiting developers from creating mechanisms to circumvent in-app purchases.

The updated rules are likely a response to reports that Apple would charge a 30 percent commission on all in-app purchases. Some projects have said there will be attempts to work around the fee, pushing users to usual web3 marketplaces for transfers.

The new guidelines also prohibit Apps from allowing users to "unlock features or functionality within the app."

Here is the added language to the guidelines:

"Added to 3.1.1: “Apps may use in-app purchase to sell and sell services related to non-fungible tokens (NFTs), such as minting, listing, and transferring. Apps may allow users to view their own NFTs, provided that NFT ownership does not unlock features or functionality within the app. Apps may allow users to browse NFT collections owned by others, provided that the apps may not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms other than in-app purchase.”

Some founders, such as Limit Break's Gabriel Leydon, have been bullish on the App Store rules, despite the fees.

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