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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Apple gets it. Privacy has a user experience problem

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Apple’s new app-data-tracking interface reveals an important problem: that understanding and managing data privacy is still not user friendly. Mixed into this week’s shiny news from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is an important data privacy update —a new Apple feature that reveals to consumers what personal data their apps are tracking. Though the feature is limited because it is self-reported by app developers, Apple is right to design an interface that makes data tracking easy to understand. Read Full Story

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The EU is cracking down on Apple’s App Store. Is Congress next?

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The EU is often the first mover when it comes to regulating Big Tech. Now all eyes will turn to the U.S. and Senator Amy Klobuchar’s antitrust subcommittee. On Friday, the European Commission announced its preliminary conclusion that Apple has violated European antitrust laws by imposing onerous rules and high prices on app developers seeking to get their apps in front of the vast market of iOS device users. Read Full Story

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