Apple’s biggest App Store critics are not impressed with its new fee cut for small developers

Posted on Nov 18, 2020

Nick Statt in The Verge reports:

Epic Games and Spotify, united in their fight against Apple, each released statements on Wednesday slamming the iPhone maker following news of its new App Store fee reduction for developers making less than $1 million per year.

File this under “some people are never happy.”

While I don’t love all of Apple’s policies—for example, it is ridiculous that developers have to opt in to the small business program—I believe that, as the owner of their platform (which is not even the majority platform), they do have the right to make and enforce whatever rules they choose.

I found this statistic (emphasis added) in the article very interesting:

The cut should apply to an estimated 98 percent of iOS app developers that generated just 5 percent of the App Store’s revenue last year, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.

That is a long, long tail. It really makes me think about how insignificant most app developers are to Apple.