Apple Is Raising App Prices In Seven Countries


Apple has informed developers it is planning to raise app prices on the App Store in a number of countries around the world.

Within the next 72 hours, the prices for apps and In-App Purchases will increase in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa.

This is according to an email sent to users of iTunes Connect by Apple.

The message reads: “Subscriptions will not be interrupted in Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, and Singapore.

“Shortly before their existing subscription renews, subscribers in these territories will receive an email from us to let them know about the price increase with the option to turn off their subscription.

“Subscribers in Russia and South Africa will need to resubscribe at the new price. Israel will not be impacted, as auto-renewable In-App Purchase subscriptions are not supported there.”

This could obviously cause problems for online dating services that use a subscription model, by making its members agree to a price hike.

Apple said there will be two “low price” tiers available in Canada and New Zealand – Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B.

The Next Web said the lower tier in Canada will increase from $1.19 CAD to $1.39 CAD, whereas the higher tier will see an increase from $50.00 CAD to $69.99 CAD.

In addition to this, as of 1st January 2016, proceeds for the Romanian App Store have increased to account for a new VAT decrease from 24% to 20%, but actual retail prices have not changed.

You can see a PDF with all the price changes here.