29 October 2020
Apple has officially announced that App Store prices will be increased in six countries in the next few days. These include India, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Colombia, and Russia. The prices have been bumped in accordance with taxes or foreign exchange rates changes that keep happening from time to time.
The new pricing will affect App Store apps and in-app purchases made for iPhones and iPad. It does not have an effect on auto-renewal subscriptions that many users might already be paying for. For the Indian market pricing, Apple has included the New equalization levy of 2% in addition to the existing 18% GST (Goods and Services Tax).
Similarly, the Indonesian government has introduced a new 10% VAT (Value Added Tax) for developers that reside outside of Indonesia. It means if an Indonesian user decides to purchase an iOS app or in-app purchase that has not been developed by a local developer, he will have to pay more than what he would have paid earlier.
The official announcement further reads,
"Prices of apps and in-app purchases (excluding auto-renewable subscriptions) will also be adjusted in Iceland and Albania to align with pricing used in other markets selling in U.S. dollars with value-added tax."
Apple has already shared updated pricing charts with developers so that they can adjust their prices accordingly. As for users, they should start seeing new increased prices in the App Store in the coming days.