Apple developers can soon issue codes for discounted subscriptions

Apple developers can soon issue codes for discounted subscriptions
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Developers for Apple’s increasing number of platforms will soon be able to issue codes for discounted subscriptions.

While we now have macOS, tvOS, watchOS, iOS, and iPadOS… fortunately, we have the App Store to bind them.

Apple has announced a new feature called Offer Codes. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but there are some details to be aware of.

While it’s long been possible to issue codes for discounted apps, developers were stuck if they wanted to offer reduced-price subscriptions – especially with how much Apple is against developers using their own payment systems.

Apple describes Offer Codes as “unique, alphanumeric codes that provide free or discounted prices for auto-renewable subscriptions.”

These codes can be distributed online or offline. Attendees to physical events (remember those?) could be offered discounts, for example.

Developers can set the eligibility for the codes so that they’re available to any customers, existing, or just new ones.

Customers will only be able to redeem one code per offer, but they can have up to 10 active on their accounts at once.

Apple takes a 30 percent cut on subscriptions for the first year, so it’s a way to help generate more revenue for the company in addition to the developer. Apple’s cut reduces to 15 percent for customers who remain subscribed after the first year.

Expect the new Offer Codes feature to rollout alongside the full releases of iOS and iPadOS 14 later this year.

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