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Plummeting Canadian dollar means rising prices for Apple mobile apps

iPhone users are suddenly finding that the Apple App Store isn’t quite as affordable as it was a week ago.

The falling Canadian dollar, nicknamed the “loonie” after the loon image on the coin, has been experiencing a steady drop over the last several months, but mobile apps for iOS devices have maintained the same price.

This has meant that Apple will be hiking prices at the Canadian App Store for the second year in a row.

This means that Canadians can expect their iTunes bills to start to rise along with the prices of mobile apps for their Apple devices. The reason given for the change in price is simply the foreign exchange rates. The company expressed that Canada won’t actually be the only country in which iPhone apps will be getting pricier. Aside from that North American nation, there will also be price increases in Mexico, South Africa, Russia, New Zealand, Singapore and Israel. The notice was given to provide consumers with 72 hours of warning.

The announcement from Apple said there would be two new low-price tiers for mobile apps sold in Canada.

Mobile Apps - Prices in Canada ClimbingThat said, Apple did not use the document to explain precisely what the new price tiers for the sales of Canadian iPhone apps would be. The Next Web has released a report that indicates that where the cheapest apps had been $1.19, those would be increasing to $1.39. While that difference may seem moderate, it is in the more higher-priced mobile applications that the difference would be the most striking. The report indicated that apps that had previously been $50.00 would see a new and much higher price at $69.99.

At the time of the writing of this article, Apple had declined the opportunity to comment on the claims made within the report.

This is the second time that the price of iPhone mobile apps has been recently increased as a result of the falling Canadian dollar. Only a year ago, $0.99 apps saw their prices increased to $1.19, with more expensive apps seeing prices rising correspondingly. At that time, the applications were made more expensive as a result of foreign exchange rates as well as changes to value-added tax (VAT).

Mobile commerce vertical added to the Apple app store

In advance of the launch of the holiday shopping season, iPhone and iPad users now have new ways to buy.

Before the holiday shopping season has had its official launch, Apple has just revealed a new strategy for taking part in this highly profitable time of year by adding mobile commerce apps as its own shopping category in its App Store.

The idea is to help to make it easier for consumers to more easily find the shopping apps they want to use.

Now, both iPhone and iPad users will see an entirely new Shopping app available in the category lists at the App Store, so they will be able to discover all the available mobile commerce applications. Before this change was made, shopping apps had been included as a part of the broader lifestyle section of the App Store. Now, they will have their own category, bringing the number of mobile application categories at Apple up to 25.

This new mobile commerce app channel will experience its official launch as of November 5.

Mobile Commerce - Apple StoreThis will ensure that the m-commerce category will be available to the Western world in time for the holiday shopping season, and that it will also be available for the start of China’s equivalent to Black Friday, which is called Singles Day and that lands on November 11, this year.

Apple has stated that launching this new channel, made a lot of sense for better serving its users, as mobile shopping has become quite popular among iPhone and iPad users and because this popularity is only growing. A great deal of the e-commerce traffic that is being experienced around the world is coming from mobile devices as opposed to being exclusively from personal computers. In fact, the Flurry app analytics service has said that there was a growth in the use of m-commerce apps by 174 percent throughout 2014.

That would make mobile commerce the fastest growing app category in 2014. Moreover, a recent survey conducted by Google has revealed that 54 percent of holiday shoppers intend to use their smartphones to do at least some of their holiday shopping this year.