iOS fans, brace yourselves! App Store prices across the EU, Canada, and Norway said to go up

iOS fans, brace yourselves! App Store prices across the EU, Canada, and Norway said to go up
If you are living in the European Union, Canada, or Norway and you put all of your faith into Apple and its iOS, then this news might slightly embitter your life. A recent report claims that Apple has decided to bump the prices of all apps and games in the App Store. Interestingly enough, it looks like the prices in Iceland will go down instead of up.

This was revealed by Apple Insider, which reportedly intercepted a memo sent to the iTunes Connect members in the respective regions. It looks like the prices will be readjusted by Saturday. 

Apple has decided to implement such an unpopular price-related practice in order to correspond to the increased rates of the VAT in the regions in questions, as well readjust in accordance to the ever-changing currency exchange rates. That's why the changes in the pricing of the App Store entries will vary by country.

The memo also mysteriously points out that the fees for Russia will be a subject to change, but doesn't elaborate on what that will be. This will probably reflect the weak Russian ruble - as a refresher, Apple suspended online sales in the country after the local currency hit a new low back in December. Subsequently, the online store resumed business, though prices were noticeably higher than usual.

source: AppleInsider via TechRadar



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh lord. After reading the article, all I can predict is chaos.

2. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

If the reason is about taxes, Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry may do the same action soon. So, not only iFans but also fanboys (and fangirls!) of other platforms must brace themselves, too.

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

But if you listen to BGR there are more free apps on Android vs iOS. Can't tax free.

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

It's k, I only go for the ipad 9.7. Top dog with top specs and it's cheaper than iFap 6. Sorry, but iphones are overrated in every way. They might have top specs and look nice, but their lcd screen technology is outdated compared to amoleds. Also the functionality is very poor and limitied. I'm also using a tizen-based watch and so far apple hasn't finished their overpriced girly apple watch. So I guess, they can shove iphone and apple up yer arse, apple. Iphone is just too damn overprived in EU for what it offers, end of storu. 16GB for a 750eur phone, they're either mad or just ridiculously greedy. Also both i6 and 6+ got outperformed in a speed test ny note 4 and nexus 6 (and we know that lollipop is far from being well optimized). Sorry, but this is just bad. I can only imagine how much faster will the future androids phones be once they get 64 bit processors with android lollipop.

4. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

f**k taxes

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Everyone, just mind your P's and Q's!! The king has a new tax to collect.

7. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mxyzbtlk: it's ok Apple, take my money. Darkkjeddi: i am with you bro. Can't wait for the Apple watch, i ll be rocking the stainless steel one, and i am getting one for my wife, the gold and diamond version Mxyzbtlk: same here bro, i ll be buying the iToilet as soon as it gets released. Darkkjeddi: that's why i love you bro. Mxyzbtlk: love you too man. the phonearena version of Twilight.

9. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

LOL you can imitate them perfectly

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012


24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's just as easy to pretend to be stupid, than to actually be stupid. HAHA. That was funny becaus ethey are just liek that. They must have Apple products at whatever the cost. Like flies to cow poop they flock. I just don't understand an obsession to have a product from one company where they cost more and so less. You have to pay more for simplicity? Wouldn't it be great if I could get a brand new Lamborghini for the price of a Camry? Because iFans are getting a Camry for the price of a Lamborghini.

10. Luzifer unregistered

Lols dude +1 and you forgot he will also buy one for his son xD seriously man you made my day. Hahahah

15. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I find it hard to believe, that he has a son and a wife..... He will also for his mother and father. lol....

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I find it hard to believe you've been banned for the 10th time.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love the fact that you use my name to get green thumbs. Let's get together and dis LL, use his name and our records might sell. Ponder that.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think you are jealous because you can't use your own name and get likes. LMAO!

27. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly lolllll


Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

You are literally the only one sad and petty enough to give a sh*t about green thumbs. The adults couldn't care less.

31. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

you forgot the gym part :D

37. TechKnowledge

Posts: 55; Member since: May 05, 2013

Wow..... You're on point... Lmao!

38. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1134; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

awesome lol.

41. bendgate unregistered

The Phonearena version of toilet.

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 31283; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Take a sec, and say goodbye to Like-A-Sir. He didn't make it, a moment of silence please.

8. TruthSpeaker unregistered

The last time VAT went up in the UK (in the EU) was January 2011, and Apple have been charging at the increased rate since that time. So blaming VAT is nonsense..


Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

It has to do with says! Don't believe that crap! Here in the Netherlands all prices will go up with 1 euro. This is why i will never buy an iphone! apple is good at fooling people!

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple is already hoarding billions of dollars and they can't deal with a little raise in the VAT? How much VAT is charge on an app that costs $.99USD? Good thing the devs who make IOS users pay for most apps, we get them for free since its to easy on Android to steal apps. That 's why most of our apps have stuff you must buy in the game. Because even if a user installs an app he stole, he is still forced to make in-app purchases which I believe will force you to purchase the game. On iOS you have to jailbreak to sideload apps and most arent going to do this. So Apple and the devs have a guranteed winfall of money. At my company I make purchases of products in other countries and most charge 19%. But 19% VAT on a US Dollar can't possibly be so high that Apple needs to raise costs on the cheap apps. I can see if it was expensive apps that cost $50. But Apple makes more than enough money to circumvent any raise in the VAT. This is just lame. That is what I call Milking the Sheep dry. First they jack up the phones cost $100 yet added nothing new to the device. 1080p displays are cheap because they've bene out for 3 years. There is no way APple is paying full price for 1080 displays. The iPhone still uses less than a pound of metal which costs 1.30USD per pound which means Appel is paying literally pennies for the case. Thw wall garden is such a happy place.../S

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

News Flash. Samsung adds Quad HD, 16MP Camera and more to the Note 4 and the price remains the same, while Apple add absolutely nothing new but made the device 1.5" bigger and the price when up $100. Samsung makes the default storage on the Note 32GB starting with the Note 3 and the price remains the same. Apple drops the 32GB and keeps the 16GB and iOS 8 takes up more than 50% of the space. iPad Mini gets nothing new but a fingerprint reader, and proce goes up $100. The iPad also gets a fongerprint reader, and price increases $100. Apple keeps makimng you pay more and giving you less while customer satisfaction has drop. Another Amercian company has gotten beaten by an Asian one yet again. They have take over our auto industry selling more cars here. Wal-Mart helps them sell more products here, Apple makes 99% of their products there, and now they are drop to another Asian company. Apple you suck. Asia has taken over the world. The US just has the biggest military and nothing else. Yes I am American.

28. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

just like amd is better than intel. when it comes to tech, asia japan kicks thier butts

30. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The consumers keep letting them get away with it, this will keep happening until people stop buying their products unfortunately.

42. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Who even buys apps these days?

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