It seems that GPL is not compatible with the Apple App Store due to the differences regarding Apple's ability to impose further restrictions.

Does this also affect fonts bundled with the app?

In other words - can one use fonts that are licensed under GPL-FE (font exception) with an iOS app? (both from the GPL and Apple's perspective)

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This is ultimately an answer for Apple to provide.

The GPL-FE allows it use in documents without much obligation. If I were you I would create a minimal app with very explicit and clear embedding of the font under GPL + GPL-FE including license and notices and post that to the app store to see if Apple bans it or not.

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