October 27 : Apple has revealed that its App Store prices will soon increase in India as well as in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Russia, and South Africa. The California-based company has stated that over the next few days, the prices of its apps and in-app purchases will go up in these countries.
Apple has decided to increase the prices of its apps due to the changes in the current exchange rates as well as some requirements for new tax. “When taxes or foreign exchange rates change, we sometimes need to update prices on the App Store,” the Apple announcement stated. The announcement was made on the Apple Developer website.
The company has already provided developers with the updated prices to reflect the changes in the prices of their apps.
In India, the increased prices in the App Store will reflect the equalisation levy of 2 percent in addition to the existing goods and services tax of 18 percent. With the aim to tax the digital transactions, the equalisation levy was introduced in India in 2016. The levy that went into effect in April 2020, is a tax on foreign e-commerce operators in India.
Meanwhile, Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are currently on pre-orders in India and the sales of the phone will start on October 30. However, the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini will go on sale in November.
On the other hand, some iPhone 12 users in China, where the phone was launched a week ago along with the US and some other countries, have complained that the edges of the phone are quite sharp, which can be harmful, a GizChina report stated. The report stated that some early users in China have apparently suffered from cuts and pressure marks on fingers, which they blamed on the new iPhone 12. Another user has complained that the iPhone 12’s MagSafe charger will likely to leave a circular impression on the leather and silicon cases.