Apple has introduced some new pricing tiers for App Store developers that, upon first look, international users are going to sick of very quickly. The reasoning behind the shift is assumed to be so that pricing is more uniform across App Stores, as different currencies usually show different prices. Well, as you can see in the chart above, some prices, such as the Euro, has increased from 0.89 to 0.99, to match the 0.99 that is available in the US App Store. Now, the reason I say international users will get sick of this is pretty simple. What’d you notice about the price of apps in Euros? I didn’t say it decreased, it increased. No one wants to have to pay more for something that they could be less for only a few days ago.Look at the charts though, it isn’t only the Euro that is seeing increases. Most App Stores are updating to be more congruent in pricing structures. Something that iDB points out is something I didn’t think of; app developers may begin to take advantage of this pricing scheme to raise international prices in an attempt to circumvent the currency exchange rates. This wouldn’t be in the interest of international consumers of US based software companies – which many companies are.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the new pricing? Or do you think it shouldn’t have been messed with? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.