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App Store paid out over $60 billion to developers in 2021, says Apple

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In its latest App Store data, the company revealed that Apple is paying developers about $60 billion in 2021. New data shows an increase in payments to developers compared to previous years, and it comes after Apple decided to reduce the commission it collects from small developers. The company also revealed that customers were spending “more than ever” on the App Store during Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but did not disclose the total spend by all customers during that period.

The Cupertino-based company revealed that developers had earned over $260 billion since the App Store was launched in 2008, a jump of around $60 billion since Apple last revealed these figures a year ago.

Apple keeps updated lists of the most downloaded apps and games on the App Store. Back in January 2018, Apple revealed that developers had earned $86 billion since the App Store was launched, which suggests that the figure has grown by over $170 billion over the past four years.

As previously mentioned, Apple’s figures on remuneration to developers demonstrate the growth in earnings from the App Store. In November 2020, Apple changed its App Store commission policy to collect 15 percent of sales for a “vast majority” of developers on the service, who earn less than $1 million in annual sales across their apps. Apple had also revealed that if a developer’s business crossed the threshold the 30 percent commission would apply to them for the rest of the year.

The company also reiterated that there are 745 million user subscriptions on the company’s platform, which is shared by Apple and developers on the App Store, which, the company’s data shows, continues to make money for both companies and developers. The company also revealed double-digit growth in customer spending on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but did not disclose the figure.

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