Apple is giving some small iOS app developers a surprising Christmas present.
The iPhone maker has begun launching its lower App Store commission rates for some creators, reducing fees for in-app purchases from 30 percent to 15 percent.
Apple had announced its plan to reduce prices for apps that bring in less than $ 1 million a year back in November, and says the changes will take effect Jan. 1, but have reached out to developers early, according to a Macrumors report. .
Cupertino, the California giant, has framed the cuts, which it calls the “App Store Small Business Program,” as a way for smaller developers to “continue working to innovate and thrive in a time of unique global economic challenge.”
In its email to developers, Apple said that if a developer exceeds the $ 1 million threshold at some point in 2021, the standard 30 percent rate will apply for the rest of the year.
But the new fee structure comes as Apple is accused by developers and politicians of exercising a monopoly over the App Store, which is the only way to get software on iPhones and iPads.