With Elon Musk taking over Twitter, users have seen many changes throughout the past few months. In a recent turn of events, Twitter is now offering a subscription service called Twitter Blue. This subscription will allow users to use revamped services such as editing tweets and uploading 1080p videos. The biggest perk of Twitter blue is getting a blue tick, which identifies the account as verified.
The initial price set for this was $8 per month if you were using it through a web browser. However, suppose you want to avail these services through Apple iOS. In that case, you will have to pay an additional $3, making it a total of $11 per month. Twitter did not give any explanation as to why Apple users were being charged more than others. However, some reports suggest that the company is looking for ways to offset the fees charged by the App Store.
Twitter launched Twitter Blue initially in November because of the fake accounts that started popping up when they disabled the verified tick system that was in place. The relaunch was then set to November 29th and was again pushed back. The higher prices could also be a result of Elon Musk’s personal dislike for the company. In a series of tweets last month, he listed the various grievances he had with Apple, including the fee they asked from software developers for in-app purchases.
Musk also accused Apple of threatening to block Twitter from its app store, meaning no iOS user would be able to use it on their phones. He also stated that the company had stopped advertising on Twitter, which would lead to a significant loss for the company. However, this situation was quickly resolved with a meeting with Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive. He tweeted out that there had been a misunderstanding and that Twitter was still very much a part of the Apple Play Store and that they had no intentions of removing it.
Apple has not yet commented on the situation regarding the price hike for Twitter Blue. It is unlikely that Musk will change his mind unless Apple intervenes and tries to bring the price down.