Apple has amended the App Store criteria following the release of iOS 16.1 and other software updates on Monday, revising some current restrictions and adding new ones. In addition to providing new regulations for advertising management applications, the revised guidelines now make special note of apps containing NFTs.
In a notice published on the Apple Developer website, the company describes the modifications and additions to the App Store’s guidelines.
Changes to the App Store’s guidelines
When it comes to non-fungible tokens, commonly known as NFTs, Apple makes it clear that apps may use the App Store’s in-app purchase system to offer related content. They cannot, however, lead users to purchasing mechanisms other than in-app purchase.
Apps may leverage in-app purchasing to offer and purchase services linked to non-fungible tokens (NFTs), including minting, listing, and transferring. Apps may permit users to examine their own NFTs so long as NFT ownership does not unlock features or capabilities. Apps may provide users to browse NFT collections owned by third parties, so long as they do not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that route users to purchasing methods other than in-app purchase.
According to Apple, apps whose sole purpose is to allow advertisers to manage their campaigns are no longer required to use the App Store’s in-app purchases mechanism. Surprisingly, in-app purchases are required for anything that consumers experience within an app, including the purchase of adverts that will be displayed within that app.
Now that iOS 16.1 supports the new Matter standard for smart home accessories, the App Store standards require apps that support the new standard to utilize Apple’s official framework to begin accessory pairing.
In addition, a new policy prevents developers from profiting from recent violent conflicts, terrorist acts, and epidemics. The new restrictions are effective immediately, and you can find more information on Apple’s website.