Written by Staff Writer
13 Oct, 2015 | 4:17 pm
Any Aussie Internet user is more than familiar with the “Australia tax” — the slightly higher price companies often ping Australians with when purchasing anything from electronics and software to television and games.
That’s why Apple’s latest move will be unpleasantly familiar Down Under, though perhaps you can really blame the Aussie dollar. Apple is raising app and in-app purchase prices within the next day or two in Australia, 9to5Mac reported, as well as in Indonesia and Sweden.
In a notice to developers sighted by the outlet, Apple said it was changing prices within the next 36 hours due to fluctuating foreign exchange rates. It added that those in-country users who subscribed to apps would receive an email from Apple notifying them of the price change and allowing them to turn off their subscription if they wished.
The increase will be about 15% in local currency, according to 9to5Mac. “For example, today a $0.99 app in the Australian App Store is sold for 1.29 AUD. When the changes come into effect, customers will have to pay 1.49 AUD for the same app,” it wrote.
Apple also indicated in the email that it would be offering two low price tiers in the Australian App Store — “Alternate Tier A” and “Alternate Tier B.”
Mashable Australia has reached out to Apple for comment and will update when further details about new prices are revealed.
Apple often changes its App Store pricing, depending on currency exchange rates and the tax situation in various countries. Earlier this year, Apple changed its minimum app price in the European Union, the UK, Canada, Norway, Iceland.
In April 2014, Apple App Store prices rose in Australia by 30%, Fairfax Media reported at the time, bringing the price of a 99 cent app to A$1.29.
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