Apple has informed developers of upcoming changes to app pricing on the App Store and Mac OS X, which will take effect later this week in Europe, Canada, Iceland and Russia.
According to 9to5Mac, the Cupertino company sent an email to developers that detailed how app prices will increase across the regions to account for adjustments in value-added tax (VAT) and foreign exchange rates.
"Within the next 36 hours, prices on the App Store will increase for all territories in the European Union as well as in Canada and Norway, decrease in Iceland, and change in Russia," Apple wrote.
Paid-for apps on both iOS and Mac OS X will be impacted by the changes, with developers being issued with new agreements and pricing documents when the changes begin to roll out over the next day and a half.
The changes are not the same as the recent adjustments to country-specific VAT rates for purchases made through the European App Store, which came into effect on 1 January 2015.
In related news, on the developer section of the Apple website, the company revealed that 68 percent of its mobile devices now run iOS 8, indicating a continued rise in adoption.
Some 29 percent of Apple iPhone and iPad users have stuck with iOS 7, possibly because the latest version of iOS 8 hampers performance of older iPhones. A mere four percent of users are sticking to even older version of the mobile operating software.
Apple's measure of iOS 8 adoption takes account of both new devices that come equipped with the latest operating system, and devices that have upgraded from older versions.
The healthy adoption of iOS 8 could be down to the record-breaking sales of the two iPhone 6 models released in September, which are sold with iOS 8 on board.
Adoption of iOS 8 has been slower than that of iOS 7, though, likely due to reports of bugs that discouraged many to upgrade to the latest software until Apple released fixes for it.
The latest version, iOS 8.1.2, appears to have fixed the errors users were reporting, helping encourage more uptake of the operating system.
While developers will need to take note of the tax-based app price changes, Apple itself will need to be wary of its own tax issues, particularly as the European Commission is looking into an alleged deal between the Irish government and Apple to secure the company low rates of corporation tax.
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