Apple has quietly increased the cost of its iOS & Mac Developer Programs in some EU countries with price hikes confirmed for at least the UK and Germany. In Germany, the programs are up from the previous €80/year to €99/year, while in the UK pricing has been adjusted from £60/year to £79/year.
While the price increase is already live in at least the UK and Germany, pricing for the program in the US remains at $99/year.
Apple requires app developers to enroll in its developer programs for both the iOS App Store and Mac App Store in order to distribute apps through the stores and access Apple’s developer tools alongside early iOS and OS X releases.
It’s unclear if the change could be a result of currency fluctuations or perhaps a price increase that will also come to other countries at some point.
Apple has been known to adjust product prices according to how foreign currencies are performing at any given time. Late last year the company stopped online sales to Russian customers to review pricing amid ‘extreme’ currency fluctuations, for instance. It also adjusted prices for apps sold on the Russian App Store.
In December, Apple also announced changes to the way it handles tax for customers making purchases on its European App Stores. Starting today, Apple will begin calculating charges based on the customer’s home country rather than a standard VAT rate across all EU countries.
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