iPhone users in Nigeria, South Africa, others to pay more for apps
Apple has announced a price increase that will make iPhone users in Nigeria, South Africa, Colombia, Egypt, Hungary, Norway, and the UK pay more for apps and in-app purchases on the iOS Store.
According to the phone maker, the increment takes effect from February 13 this year.
While the company did not mention the percentage of the increment, it announced a 15% to 12% price reduction in Uzbekistan due to the reduction of a local tax.
Apple also notes that although prices will remain the same in Luxembourg, Singapore, and Zimbabwe, the proceeds for developers will be adjusted next month to reflect the various changes in taxes in the respective countries.
Factors driving the increment: Citing factors such as tax and foreign exchange in the affected countries as reasons for the increment, Apple in a note to developers said:
- “The App Store’s commerce and payments system was built to empower you to conveniently set up and sell your products and services at a global scale with 44 currencies across 175 Storefronts.
- “Periodically, we update prices on the App Store in certain regions based on changes in taxes and foreign exchange rates. This is done using publicly available exchange rate information from financial data providers to help ensure prices for apps and in‑app purchases stay equalized across all stores.”
Increase in proceeds: While users will be paying more in some countries due to a tax increase, Apple said it will also increase proceeds on apps for developers in some other countries.
- “Additionally, by the end of January proceeds will increase for local developers selling in Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Singapore, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, and Uzbekistan.
- “Apple will estimate and remove taxes based on the tax category information you have provided before calculating commission. Exhibit B of the Paid Applications Agreement will be updated to reflect this change.
- “Once these changes go into effect, the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps will be updated. As always, you can change the price of your apps and in-app purchases (including auto-renewable subscriptions) at any time in App Store Connect. If you offer subscriptions, you can choose to preserve prices for existing subscribers,” the company stated.