It’s been a busy couple of weeks for bad news in crypto, with Youtube’s removal of hundreds of videos, Google Play’s removal of Metamask, and now Coinbase mobile wallet users facing an announcement their app is losing its dapp browser, reportedly due to restrictive policy requirements from Apple. Some are calling the announcement “the last straw,” and even Coinbase leadership appears none too pleased.
In a December 28 Reddit post, one user shared a screenshot supposedly from the iOS mobile app which read:
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong replied in the thread saying, “Coinbase CEO here. This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating usage of Dapps from the App Store.”
Armstrong went on to state, “If Apple customers want to be able to use Dapps, we may need to make this request know to Apple in some way. 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.”
“This is the final straw for me and I will never be buying another Apple product,” one Redditor proclaimed. Another answered: “Google is doing the same thing with metamask mobile. There is nowhere to go.” Some in the crypto space think big names should band together and push back against the perceived anti-defi moves of mega-corporations and vested tech sector interests.