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Apple has raised the price of the iOS and Mac Developer Programs in the UK and Germany on Thursday, probably not a coincidence on the first of the year. In Germany, Apple has raised price to €99/year ($120) from €80/year ($97) in 2014, and in the UK pricing has been adjusted from £60/year ($93) to £79/year ($123).

Pricing for the Apple developer services, which allows developers to upload apps for iOS and Mac and download betas of new software, remains the same at $99 per year in the US per operating system.

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It’s not clear why Apple instituted the price hike, and if it will reach more countries.

However, the company has been known to make pricing changes along with currency fluctuations, like when the Russian Ruble took a massive hit at the end of 2014 – forcing Apple to stop selling devices in the country for several days.

[via apfelpage.de9to5mac]

  • LOLametro

    This is what they always do in Europe. This way, they can say in the keynote “it’s the same price as last years model!”. But in Europe, it get’s 20€ more expensive (for ex. iPhone 6)

    • Lagax

      iPhones have Never Gotten more expensive in Germany. At least not since the 4S.

      • LOLametro

        The 5s got more expensive, and the iPhone 6 too. I don’t know exactly but ~20€. In Germany.

      • Lagax

        Look it up. iPhone 5s and 6 (entry) both 699€. 5 to 5s Could be, didn’t Look Ingo that…

      • Juschan

        well i bought my 4s for 619€ the iphone 5 was at 659 and the 5s at 699€ so its about 80€ in 3 years

      • Lagax

        sure, but you have to keep in mind that taxes rise and that 130€ of the purchase are VAT taxes only and they have to pay other taxes obviously. So at best they get about 500€ from you. And in America these VAT taxes are added to the $649 (Not sure if that’s the prize in America), too. But because of the different rates in every state that is made when you purchase it.

  • Lagax

    Actually it was 80€ in Germany. Just payed that a month ago.

  • Franklin Richards

    It’s because the EU are closing the loophole where Apple can get away with tax avoidance. So the logical move for a company is to charge before more to cover the tax costs.

  • Chop

    They increased the price in France too…

    • Juschan

      who cares about france they have other problems right now 😀

  • Chop

    They increased the prices in France too…

  • Kr00

    The U.S. dollar has been depressed for some time but is making a comeback, while the Euro has weakened due to the financial woes of some major European countries. That’s why its called the marketplace.

    • Flowise

      The UK doesn’t use the Euro