Apple releases upbeat economic data for the European iOS job market
Experts criticized the recent numbers stated by Apple because they are based on a wider range of jobs. Instead of counting only software developers, Apple is summing up all the employees of businesses which tend to earn revenue through the development of iOS applications. This means that the research is not entirely objective as marketing employees, system administrators, and other jobs are included in it.
Apple has recently faced global investigations concerning the fair competition its App Store provides. Many believe that the monopoly Apple has instilled by making iOS apps sold only through Apple's platform is unfair to the developers of such apps. That’s probably the reasoning behind the released economic data -- to tackle the negative outlook of the company in the matter.
Apple is accused of not opening up the market for iOS applications. Right now these are being offered and sold only through Apple’s own App Store. Apple is trying to show that the App Store is giving enough revenue to developers. They are also trying to argue that the App Store policies are not limiting the competition in the sector. The launch of Apple’s App Store Small Business Program in November may prove to be helpful in Apple’s quest to look fair to the industry. In this program, the developers earning less than one million dollars per year can benefit from a lesser App Store fee. Those who qualify for the scheme are paying a 15% fee compared to the 30% one which is the standard.