Apple has sparked outrage by imposing transaction fees that could charge users of its iPhone and iPad apps more money

  • Consumers are already paying more for subscriptions to popular apps like X



Apple has sparked outrage by imposing transaction fees that could cost users of its iPhone and iPad apps more money.

A US judge has ordered the tech giant to change the rules around the so-called “Apple tax” – a 30 percent tax on subscriptions and in-app purchases.

It must allow app developers to provide users with payment methods outside Apple's system where the tax does not apply.

But court documents revealed that the company would continue to make profits after offering a 27 percent commission on purchases.

Consumers are already paying more for subscriptions to popular apps — like Audible and X — as companies pass on the cost.

Apple sparked outrage by charging transaction fees that could cost iPhone and iPad app users more money (stock image)
Apple CEO Tim Cook attends an event at the company's California headquarters in September 2023

The move only affects App Store users in the US, but there are concerns it could be introduced in the UK.

Ministers were last night urged to legislate the Digital Markets Unit to monitor technology to ensure this is not done.

“The Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill should put an end to this false position, which is essentially a re-creation of Apple’s charges,” Spotify said.

Apple does not tax free apps or those that provide “tangible services” like Deliveroo or Uber.

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