Apple users in Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia to pay more for apps

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The California-based company says the new prices will come into effect from next month.

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Apple customers in countries such as Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea and Poland will pay more for in-app and in-app purchases from next month, according to the tech giant.

The California-based company said in a blog post on Monday that prices will go into effect on October 5. The new prices will also affect customers in Egypt, Sweden, Vietnam and all jurisdictions using the euro.

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The changes also reflect new rules for Apple in Vietnam, which require the company to collect and remit 5 percent value-added tax (VAT) and corporate income tax (CIT), the company said.

Trevor Long, a technology industry analyst based in Sydney, Australia, said the changes will have the biggest impact on app purchases at the lowest prices.

“I think it’s important to remember that Apple doesn’t set the price of a product, whether it’s an app or an in-app purchase, but they set a price increment that’s available to developers and publishers. Apple’s pricing structure adjustment is likely to affect those at the lowest price tier as developers are unable to lower their prices to the next level,” Long told Al Jazeera.

“However, customers are unlikely to flinch at the changes as they represent the lowest cost in most cases, when in fact customers should use this as an opportunity to question all of their app subscriptions.”

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