Apple cuts its App Store commission fee from 30% to 15% for small developers

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The reduced comission fee will see small developers keep 85% of the revenue their apps generate—up from the 70% they keep today. Christmas just came early for small developers who distribute their apps on Apple’s App Store. That’s because the iPhone giant has unexpectedly announced it will soon halve the commission fee it takes from some developers when they sell an app, or in-app purchase, on the App Store. The move comes with the announcement of a new App Store Small Business Program, which qualifying developers can join. Once accepted into the program, Apple will reduce the fees on digital purchases of their apps and IAPs from 30% to just 15%. That means those developers will soon take home 85% of all purchases received instead of the current 70%. Read Full Story

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Why some developers are avoiding app store headaches by going web-only

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It’s still tough to opt out of Apple and Google’s ecosystems. But some app makers are coming around to the web’s upsides. Earlier this month, the indie developers Feross Aboukhadijeh and John Hiesey launched a new app called Wormhole , which lets users quickly share large, encrypted files with just a link. But unlike most new mobile apps, Wormhole doesn’t show up in Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store. Read Full Story

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