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Twitter will reportedly charge $11 on iOS for a Blue subscription to offset App Store costs businessroundups.org

by Ana Lopez
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Twitter Blue subscription is currently discontinued, but when it resumes you’ll have to pay $11 per month if you subscribe from iOS, according to a report from The information.

The report noted that the subscription costs $7 per month if you buy over the internet. But on iOS, it will be more expensive to offset Apple’s App Store costs. Specifically, Apple charges a 30% fee to the developers for the first year of the subscription, but this drops to 15% from the second year.

When Twitter launched its new plan with a verification sign on Nov. 9, it charged users $7.99 per month. If Twitter offset App Store fees, it would have to charge $10.38, but the new $11 fee sounds like a rounded figure.

Twitter owner Elon Musk recently launched into a rant against Apple for interrupting ads on Twitter, claiming they hate “free speech in America.” Musk also accused the tech giant of threatening to “keep Twitter out of its App Store.” However, after Musk met Tim Cook on a tour of Apple’s Cupertino campus, things got all right and dandy again.

Musk told the world that Cook clarified that there was no consideration for launching Twitter from the App Store. Besides, Apple resumed advertising on the social media platform. Apple is a big spender on Twitter as The platform game reporter Zoe Schiffer noted that the company buys ads worth nearly $100 million a year.

The Tesla CEO has also not been a fan of Apple’s App Store fees. Last month, he described them as a “secret tax” levied by the iPhone maker. However, this isn’t the first time Musk has criticized the App Store commission. Last year, he sided with Epic in the game company’s battle with Apple, saying these are fees “a de facto global tax on the internet.”

But like many disgruntled companies like Spotify, Twitter would have to abide by App Store rules if it offered subscriptions through iOS. As my colleague Taylor Hatmaker pointed out in her story last month, “You can be mad that Apple is taking 30% of what you make on the iPhone, but 30% of zero is still zero.” That blue check now looks more expensive.


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