Apple: No DApps! Banning Coinbase?

Apple: No DApps! Banning Coinbase?

By FarewelltoMinds | Farewell2Minds | 25 Aug 2020

Something iPhone users have known for awhile: the lack of a decent DApp browser. Trust Wallet was my go-to on Android, but after switching over to an iPhone, it was surprising to find an absence of a DApp browser. The reason? 

It went against Apple's App Store policies.

Now, I like Apple products. I like the OS, I use their products for creative activities and I'm happy to pay the price for them. That said, fuck Apple, and beside the fact that their products are made from slave labor, they are a tech monopoly with profit, not innovation, at the heart of all their decision making. 

Trust Wallet put out an announcement this year explaining Apple's decision to remove the built in DApp browser on their wallet. The problem was in guideline 4.7 which reads,

4.7 HTML5 Games, Bots, etc.

Apps may contain or run code that is not embedded in the binary (e.g. HTML5-based games, bots, etc.), as long as code distribution isn’t the main purpose of the app, the code is not offered in a store or store-like interface, and provided that the software (1) is free or purchased using in-app purchase; (2) only uses capabilities available in a standard WebKit view (e.g. it must open and run natively in Safari without modifications or additional software); your app must use WebKit and JavaScript Core to run third-party software and should not attempt to extend or expose native platform APIs to third-party software; (3) is offered by developers that have joined the Apple Developer Program and signed the Apple Developer Program License Agreement; (4) does not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations; (5) adheres to the terms of these App Review Guidelines (e.g. does not include objectionable content); and (6) does not offer digital goods or services for sale. Upon request, you must provide an index of software and metadata available in your app. It must include Apple Developer Program Team IDs for the providers of the software along with a URL which App Review can use to confirm that the software complies with the requirements above.

I put what I suspect are the 'transgressions' in bold. A DApp browser lets you access programs offered by developers that likely haven't joined the Aple Developer Program, and also give you access to real money and offer digital goods or services for sale. 

There are ways around this, but they involve using the Trust Wallet in a way that mirrors a computer's web3 injector. You need to mess around with the application, then use Safari or another browser to access DApps, that then communicate with the application on your homescreen. 

This animosity on the part of Apple is demonstrated further in their relation to Coinbase, the U.S.'s top crypto exchange. As Cointelegraph reports, Apple may remove their app from the Apple Store. 

Apple will likely want its own version of a crypto wallet, a DApp browser, and even an exchange. Apple probably has all of that and more in the works, if not in a private testing phase. The question for Apple is not one of innovation, which crypto represents, but of profit: how can they enter the cryptomarket and benefit from it? It will be a question of costs and legality vs products offered and profits to be made. 

Whereas Steve Wozniak has come out publicly in favor of BTC, Apple has remained reticent and speculative. Have they followed the path of other investors and thrown money on BTC? Probably. But their competition with Coinbase shows a reluctance to get into this market. 

Should we expect an Apple Coin? No way. But I wouldn't be surprised if Apple made its own iWallet app in the future and then blocked any and all other wallets from being able to be used on their products. I also wouldn't be surprised if Apple pulled an official iExchange move to allow users to buy BTC, but this is purely speculative from me. I say this with zero evidence. 

I'm still going to buy an ARM macbook pro though.


Trying my best to stay rational in an irrational world.


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