According to a report from The Information, the Twitter Blue subscription is currently suspended; however, when it resumes, users who subscribe from iOS will have to pay an additional $11 per month.
According to the report, purchasing the subscription plan online will set you back $7 per month. However, it will be more expensive to offset Apple’s App Store fees on iOS. Notably, Apple charges developers fees of 30% for the first year of a subscription, but by the second year, those fees are reduced to 15%.
Users were charged $7.99 per month when Twitter introduced its new subscription plan on November 9 with a verification mark. Twitter should charge $10.38 to cover App Store fees, but the new price of $11 seems like it was rounded up.
Twitter proprietor Elon Musk as of late created an uproar against Apple for stopping ads on Twitter, charging them of loathing “free discourse in America.” Additionally, Musk claimed that the tech conglomerate had threatened to “withhold Twitter from its App Store.” However, everything returned to normal after Musk met Tim Cook during a tour of Apple’s Cupertino campus.
Musk revealed to the world that Cook clarified that Twitter would not be removed from the App Store. Apple also started running ads again on the social media platform. According to The Platformer reporter Zo Schiffer, Apple spends a lot of money on Twitter. Each year, the company spends nearly $100 million on advertisements.
Apple’s App Store fees have also disappointed the Tesla CEO. He referred to them as an iPhone maker’s “secret tax” last month. However, Musk has previously criticized the App Store commission before. He said that these fees are “a de facto global tax on the internet” and sided with Epic in the game company’s battle with Apple last year.
Nonetheless, very much like many disappointed organizations like Spotify, Twitter should play by Application Store rules if it somehow happened to offer memberships through iOS. “You can be mad that Apple takes 30% of what you make on the iPhone, but 30% of zero is still zero,” as my colleague Taylor Hatmaker remarked in her article from the previous month. It now appears that that Blue tick is costing more.
Did you know Apple puts a secret 30% tax on everything you buy through their App Store? https://t.co/LGkPZ4EYcz— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 28, 2022