In recent days, Elon Musk has triggered a war with Apple, complaining in particular about the fact that the company could remove Twitter from its App Store at any moment and, above all, about the 30% commission required by Cupertino for anyone making a payment on an iPhone and iPad app.
While Elon Musk made peace with Tim Cook just hours ago while visiting Apple’s headquarters in California, other executives from big companies in information technology and technology have backed the statements of the CEO of Twitterespecially regarding the issue of the huge percentages requested by Apple on every in-app purchase on iOS.
Among these business leaders we find the CEO of Meta Mark Zuckerberg, for example. Today, however, also Coinbase joins the ranks of Apple critics. With a tweets published a few hours ago on socialIndeed, Coinbase explained that “you may have noticed that you can no longer send NFTs to a Coinbase Wallet on iOS. This is because Apple has blocked the latest release of our app until we disable the feature”.
Coinbase then went on to explain that “the problem, oer Apple, is that the gas fees necessary for sending the NFTs must be paid through his in-app purchase system, so that he can collect 30% of the commissions on those gas fees”. Finally, the company added that “for anyone who understands how NFTs and the blockchain work, this is clearly impossible. Apple’s proprietary in-app payment system does not support cryptocurrenciestherefore we could not comply with the requests even if we wanted to do so”.
The problem of charging gas fees through Apple’s in-app systems it can be broken down into multiple factors: the first, obviously, is that the gas fees they are paid in tokens ETH, and certainly not in Euros or Dollars, but these tokens are not supported by Cupertino payment systems. The second is that the gas fees they vary from second to second, depending on the congestion of the blockchain and the price of Ethereum.
The third, however, is that such “taxes” on Ethereum transfers they don’t go to the NFT recipient or Coinbasebut they are redistributed among the validators of the blockchain, to allow the execution of the procedure itself: if Apple were to request 30%, therefore, the transfers would simply become too unprofitable to be carried out.