Apple’s Experiment with App Store Discounts

Apple is piloting a new App Store feature called contingent pricing to offer discounts on subscriptions based on a customer’s existing purchases. This model allows developers to provide discounts to customers with other subscriptions, whether to their own apps or partner apps. According to 9to5Mac, Apple plans to make these bundled discounts visible on the App Store and other marketing channels. The feature is currently being tested by a select group of participants before rolling out to more developers in the future. In response to increased scrutiny of its App Store practices, Apple is making efforts to improve relations with developers, following a Supreme Court ruling requiring it to allow outside payment systems in-app purchases.
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