As we learned last month, Apple will reduce the App Store commission from 30% to 15% for developers who earn less than $ 1 million in revenue. And these represent the vast majority.
Apple currently has more than 20 million registered developers and the App Store has approximately 1.8 million apps created by some 500,000 different developers.
As reported 9to5MacNow that Apple is going to introduce a 15% lower commission for developers who enter less than a million dollars a year, it is true that a large majority of developers will benefit from this reduction.
Figures of Appfigures show that 376,000 apps in the Apple Store charge one way or another (either by purchasing it directly, or through internal payments or subscriptions) and these represent around 124,500 developers.
Only 2% of them have an annual income of more than a million dollars, and they will be the only ones who will have to continue to pay 30% of those profits to Apple.
Of those making over $ 1 million, just over 50% are video game developers, while developers of health and fitness, social media, entertainment, and photo / video apps make up 5% each.
Categories like education, lifestyle, music, productivity, and tools represent even fewer high-income developers. However, these figures are from 2019 and Appfigures points out that the 2020 pandemic may have balanced things.
Apple will not be greatly affected by this reduction in commission on its own income. According to 2019 data from Sensor tower, 1% of developers accounted for 93% of revenue, so 98% of units should represent the remaining 7%.
To understand how we got here, you can read our article Apple cuts app store fees for small businesses.
Original article published in MacWorld Sweden.