Apple Raising App Store Pricing in Canada and Six Other Markets

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today informed developers that App Store price tiers, including in-app purchases, will be rising in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa within 72 hours (via The Next Web).

    In Canada, for example, Tier 1 pricing will increase to $1.39, a 20-cent rise over current $1.19 pricing. That means a $1 app on the U.S. App Store will now sell for $1.39 on the Canadian App Store.

    Apple has published a PDF document with a complete list of new pricing updates in all seven countries. The price changes are in line with fluctuating foreign currency exchange rates against the U.S. dollar.

    Apple will email customers with in-app subscriptions in Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Singapore shortly before their existing subscription renews to inform them about the price increase and the option to cancel their subscription.

    App Store customers in Russia and South Africa will need to manually resubscribe at the new prices. Israel will not be affected, as Apple does not offer auto-renewal subscriptions in that country.

    Apple is also expanding its low-price tiers Alternate Tier A and Alternate Tier B to Canada and New Zealand, both valued at 99 cents in local dollars. These tiers are often used for smaller in-app purchases.

    Last, VAT has dropped from 24% to 20% in Romania, but App Store prices have not changed in the country, meaning that local developers should begin to receive increased proceeds from app and in-app purchases.

    Article Link: Apple Raising App Store Pricing in Canada and Six Other Markets
  2. MattXDA macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
  3. garirry, Jan 18, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016

    garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Jesus ****ing christ Apple, can you stop constantly raising prices in non-US countries? I know that the Canadian dollar sucks right now, but you have HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars and you can't accept losing a few pennies? Goddamn idiots! :mad:

    EDIT: Everyone who replied to my post completely missed my point. The Canadian dollar is decreasing every day, which hurts everyone except people who get paid in USD or Americans who shop in Canada. Apple increases the price of all their products to reflect the horrible rate, which hurts us even more, so of course I'm pissed. And some of you will say, "well uh consider urself lucky cuz its cheper 4 u", and to that I hope you realise that our salaries don't increase, so... :rolleyes:
  4. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    omg seriously. i wish the next iPhone would flop (it wont) to get them back down to earth from their high horse a little
  5. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Nobody forces you to use Canadian dollars, do they? Why not swap to US dollars?
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Don't worry, the U.S dollar will come down soon enough, then the prices will adjust :)
    --- Post Merged, Jan 18, 2016 ---
    He probably earns money in Canadian dollars.
  7. smith4925 macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    What bull****, everything costs more in Canada. Hey US citizens, would you pay $45 for a 24 of beer, I think not.
  8. Crzyrio macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    You are welcome to move to the US, lol.
  9. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    Except they're always quick to raise the price but slow to bring it back down.
  10. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    It's inevitable that they reach market saturation at some point. At some point, they won't be able to improve on the current devices enough for people to rush out and upgrade. I went from the 3GS to the 4S to the 6+. I'm thinking I'll probably go even longer this time around - skip 3 generations instead of 1 or 2.

    Not sure how Apple will keep on sustaining the growth they've had so far. The Apple Watch might end up matching the iPhone, but you can't just match your previous successes - you have to be even more successful than before.
  11. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah, it would be cool if the prices automatically adjusted daily based on the FOREX market.
  12. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    That $8B fine will have to paid for somehow……..
  13. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Jiminy ****ing Cricket garirry!!! How the hell do you expect us to pay that $8 billion dollar bar tab in the EU? - Apple

  14. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Oh yeah... I guess that effectively means you're getting a pay decrease.

    I was strictly thinking from a saving/investing angle - don't hold onto Canadian dollars - swap to US, if you think the Canadian dollar is going to keep trending downwards.
  15. rhoydotp macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2006
    I usually enjoy your posts but this has got to be your stupidest ... oh well, can't be perfect.
  16. scaramoosh macrumors 6502a

    Nov 30, 2014
    With the way the £ is going it'll be the UK next.
  17. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    I guess the concept of exchange rates is lost on you? Why is it Apple's job to subsidize Canada's economy and their fiscal decisions?

    When did Apple set Canadian, Russian, and other such monetary policy, and what would their iPhone sales do to affect it? Or are you claiming that Apple somehow sets these policies for sovereign nations in completely separate continents based on app prices?
  18. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm sorry to disappoint. I did not realize I had a fan (fans?) on these forums.
  19. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yes, although this is getting a bit off topic... the people holding CAD will probably be better off in the long run than those holding USD, depending on what the central bank does.
  20. The Economist Suspended

    The Economist

    Apr 4, 2011
    I hope once the dollar weakens Apple lowers their prices accordingly.
  21. PizzaBoxStyle macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2014
    Apple HQ Cupterino Spaceship
    Not gonna lie I have been following you for a while now. :D
  22. a0me macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    I don't recall other companies changing their prices on such a frequent basis. For example, Sony and Microsoft hardware stay at a consistent price over the year, and so does the software sold at retails and in their digital stores.
  23. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    He could still have a USD bank account in which he transfers his Canadian dollars, and use that bank account for his online purchases.

    Except in this case, he would find out that it's actually more expensive to do so. Even post-adjustment, apps are still cheaper in Canada than in the US (1.39 CAD = 0.95 USD). And that's even before considering your bank will keep a commission for the CAD>USD exchange.

    So yeah, angry Canadians should stop complaining about this. We're lucky price hasn't been set to $1.49 or more.
  24. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    The CDN/US dollar started tanking almost a year ago... In January 2015 a $1CAD was $US0.80, so app prices should have started rising to C$1.25.

    Even with yesterday's exchange at $US0.688, app prices should be C$1.45.

    If you want to gripe about something try the magazine industry where Canadian mags cost 60% more than the same US mag for decades, but the prices were not corrected even when the currencies were on par.
  25. satchmo macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2008
    It all balances out in the end. We may pay more for stuff up here, but at least I'm not looking over my shoulder for fear of getting shot. :p

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