Apple has increased the App Store prices in India as well as five other countries. It will come into effect for apps and in-app purchases made through the App Store in the next few days. Apple has already updated the price tier charts for the prices. The price increase will also be shown in the Pricing and Availability section of My Apps through the App Developer portal once the update comes into effect.
As per the announcement made through the Apple Developer website, the increase in the App Store prices will reflect the equalization levy of two percent in addition to the existing goods and services tax (GST) of 18 percent, specifically in the case of India. The equalization levy was included in the Finance Act, 2016 and is in effect since April 1, 2020. It is aimed at certain non-resident businesses.
In Indonesia, too, the introduction of 10 percent value-added tax for developers based outside of the country will increase the price. Apart from this, Apple stated that prices of apps and in-app purchases would also be adjusted in Albania and Iceland to align with pricing used in other markets selling in US dollars and value-added tax.
As per the updated price chart, the minimum charge of Rs. 80 has been increased to Rs. 89. Apple hasn't provided any details on whether it would also adjust the pricing of its services, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, and iCloud. There is also no specific date on which the increased pricing will be applied for end users.
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