The on-going tension between WeChat and Apple has finally gone public after the WeChat team announced a halt to the “tipping” feature due to the App Store’s policy on in-app purchases (IAP), our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.

Originally, the WeChat team encouraged Official Account owners to use QR codes embedded in posts from Official Accounts, allowing users to transfer funds to authors’ individual accounts. These codes began to appear yesterday afternoon. However, the latest announcement states that all tipping functions have been disabled on the iOS version of the app.

The tipping QR codes no longer appear on the iOS version. The Android version of WeChat has not been affected.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.