Apple to Remove Coinbase Mobile Browser App from iOS Store

Coinbase may remove support for its DApp mobile browser from the iOS Store to remain in compliance with Apple’s app store policy.

30 December, 2019 | AtoZ Markets – The US cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has warned its users about that. It may be forced to remove DApp’s browsing functionality from its wallet app to comply with Apple’s iOS store policy. It is according to a Reddit post on December 28.

Apple seems to be Eliminating the Use of Coinbase Mobile Browser

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong commented on this post:

“The CEO of Coinbase is here. It is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating the use of Dapps from the App Store. Presumably, this would also extend to other wallets (Trust, Money, Metamask); it is beyond Coinbase and IMO a huge threat to the ecosystem “.

Armstrong also indicated that users interested in using DApps on Apple mobile devices might need to ask Apple to authorize such applications. He continued:

“This is an important area of innovation in finance. And many developers and early adopters of this technology have millions of dollars of crypto tied up in these financial applications. Soon they will no longer be able to use on Apple mobile devices if this app store policy continues. “

According to the statement, the company will have to remove the DApp browser function “to comply with the policy of the App Store”.

The statement reads as follows:

To comply with the App Store policy, we may soon remove the functionality of the DApp browser. If you want to continue using DApps, you can now access the most popular DApps on the desktop with Coinbase Wallet. You have to scan a QR code via WalletLink.

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Impact on the Future of Mobile Applications

Notably, Coinbase has already erased all language regarding the DApp browser from the App Store. It is also a striking difference from the Google Play store, where the dapp browser is actually in the name of the app.

This action ultimately sets a precedent that will likely have an impact on the way dapp developers view the future of mobile applications. However, current App Store policies make it difficult to introduce DeFi applications or blockchain games to the mass of mobiles.

Neither Coinbase nor Apple has released an official statement regarding the application of the recent policy. It remains to be seen whether Google will follow suit with Coinbase Wallet. But the recent removal of Metamask from the Play Store does not bode well.

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