Apple Now Letting Developers Enroll for Reduced 15% App Store Fees

Apple in November announced a new App Store Small Business Program that lowers App Store fees for small business owners and independent developers to 15 percent, down from the standard 30 percent. The program is set to launch on January 1, 2021, and as of today, eligible developers are able to sign up.

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Apple has launched an App Store Small Business Program website that has all of the information that developers need to know, along with signup tools. The program is open to all developers who earn less than $1 million from the ‌App Store‌ in a calendar year, which applies to 98 percent of developers, according to a recent analysis.

When initially announcing the program, Apple promised to provide developers with more information, and has today done so through the ‌App Store‌ Small Business Program website. The site walks through the basics of how it works, answering questions about

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YC-backed BuildBuddy raises $3.15M to help developers build software more quickly

BuildBuddy, whose software helps developers compile and test code quickly using a blend of open-source technology and proprietary tools, announced a funding round today worth $3.15 million. 

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The company was part of the Winter 2020 Y Combinator batch, which saw its traditional demo day in March turned into an all-virtual affair. The startups from the cohort then had to raise capitalas the public markets crashed around them and fear overtook the startup investing world.

BuildBuddy’s funding round makes it clear that choppy market conditions and a move away from in-person demos did not fully dampen investor interest in YC’s March batch of startups, though it’s far too soon to tell if the group will perform as well as others, given how long it takes for startup winners to mature into exits.

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BuildBuddy has foundations in how Google builds software. To get under

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Amazon Web Services to offer macOS on-demand in the cloud, in new appeal to Apple developers

Amazon Web Services will provide software developers with access to macOS on-demand in the cloud for the first time, promising to speed up the process and reduce the cost of making software for Apple’s computers and devices.



graphical user interface: Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.


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Dave Brown, Amazon EC2 vice president, announces the new Mac Instances on Monday night.

Announced on the eve of the AWS re:invent conference Monday night, Amazon EC2 Mac Instances represent an unexpected expansion beyond Linux and Windows for AWS. Amazon says it was motivated by a desire to meet the needs of the community of more than 28 million developers who offer apps through the Apple App Store.

“Until now, development of these apps for the Apple platform was not possible within the AWS cloud,” said Dave Brown, AWC EC2 vice president, during the event. “Many of our customers had to manage their own fleet of Macs for their

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Quantum computing: Aliro wants to make quantum hardware more accessible for software developers and network engineers

With Q.COMPUTE and Q.NETWORK, Aliro Quantum is using cloud tech to make it easy for software developers to run quantum programs and networking engineers to build quantum networks.

If you’re a developer who wants to write code for a quantum computer, how do you know which quantum architecture and by extension which company’s
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is best suited for the problem you’re trying to solve? Likewise, if you’re interested in connecting quantum computers together across a quantum network, how do you pick the right hardware and network design?

Aliro Quantum, thinks the answer to both these questions is to use an abstraction layer.

On this episode of
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, I talk with Dr. Prineha Narang, Assistant Professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University and CTO and co-founder Aliro Quantum about how the company is trying to make quantum more accessible with

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Software developers face mounting pressure in 2021

The former Forrester Research Director Chris Mines predicted in 2019 that the world of software development was set for some big changes in 2020. We had no idea that a year later, almost every development shop would be a remote development shop. It makes the curated list of “remote-friendly” companies on GitHub a nostalgic reminder of a simpler, pre-pandemic time. Most developers adjusted well to the changes in 2020, certainly compared to other professions. Working hours increased and work weeks lengthened, but our digital world didn’t come crashing down like other sectors of the global economy. 

Now, however, the sprint is turning into a marathon, and as executives demand that developers pick up the pace of digital transformation, we are starting to see the stress fractures in mainstream software delivery grow. As remote development bleeds into mid-2021 and beyond, expect larger disruptions to the way development teams work, especially as

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Apple’s New App Store Move Changes the Game for Indie App Developers

Apple’s reduced commission rates for small businesses could unleash a new wave of creativity in its app marketplace, according to developers, who predict the new revenue will allow independent apps to add new features or hire new employees. 

The tech giant this week announced that it would slash its App Store commission by half, to 15 percent from 30 percent, for iOS developers who qualified for a new program on small businesses. Those eligible include any developer new to the App Store, as well as developers who made up to $1 million in annual sales in 2020 for all their apps. 

The move a “huge deal” for small developers, says Charlie Chapman, an iOS developer who created the Dark Noise app. The change could allow those behind emerging apps to work on them full-time, as opposed to a side venture, according to Chapman and other independent developers. Traditionally, many independent

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Apple cuts App Store payment fees for smaller developers, 30% to 15%

  • Apple on Wednesday announced it’s reducing the commission it takes on App Store in-app purchases, to 15% from 30%, for small developers starting January 1.
  • Apple’s price reduction will apply to developers that made up to $1 million in revenue over the past year.
  • Apple has been engaged in a bitter fight with major developers such as Spotify and Epic Games over its App Store commission. Its rules have attracted antitrust scrutiny.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple just made a surprise move as it feuds with app developers.

Apple on Wednesday morning announced it was changing its App Store policies to halve the commission it takes from in-app payments for smaller developers.

The cut, to 15% from 30%, will apply to developers whose apps generated up to $1 million over the past year.

“We’re launching this program to help small-business owners write the next chapter of creativity

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Apple halved app store commission fee for small developers

  • Apple’s new app program will halve commissions for developers that make $1.3 million or less in gross revenue.
  • But the capitulation is likely a PR move and won’t save the company from antitrust scrutiny.
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Apple will roll out its App Store Small Business Program on January 1, 2021, featuring a key update: Developers that make up to $1.3 million in gross revenues will only have to pay 15% commissions on in-app purchases, half of the current 30%. 

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Apple will roll out its App Store Small Business Program on January 1, 2021.

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All new apps will qualify, and existing ones will be assessed based on their 2020 outcomes. Developers will be able to apply for review yearly,

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Apple is cutting App Store fees in half for the majority of developers

Bigger businesses making more than $1 million a year will see no change to their business with the 30 percent rate remaining in place. And Apple says that the fees it takes are used to provide a safe, secure app development and sales platform for developers and users alike. Not to mention that it enables these companies access to a market of around 1.5 billion Apple devices in use around the world. 

Apple’s commission rate has been an article of faith ever since the earliest days of the App Store, and one adopted by many other app platforms. But some developers have chafed at Apple’s control of the app review process, and feel the 30 percent cut is unfair. Fortnite developer Epic Games, for instance, intentionally broke the App Store rules on in-app purchases in protest at the current regime. In response, Apple banned Epic from the App Store until

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Apple to Cut App Store Fees in Half for Most Developers

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant said it’s making the change to help small developers financially and to provide a way for them to invest in their businesses amid the economic struggles caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apple has faced ongoing scrutiny from government regulators and criticism from developers about the percentage of revenue it takes for App Store purchases. Alphabet Inc.’s Google also charges similar fees to developers on its Android app store.

Earlier: Apple Loosens App Store Rules a Bit After Developer Backlash

Income from app developers has been key to Apple’s growing services business, which reached almost $54 billion in revenue in fiscal 2020. The App Store is one of several products and offerings that make up the services unit, but is the biggest revenue driver, according to Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Sanford C Bernstein. He estimates the App Store alone will bring in $18.7 billion in

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