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Iain Graham

Iain Graham is the voice of The Fonecast. He’s a veteran of the mobile industry, having held senior positions with One2One (now T-Mobile) and Vodafone since the 1980s. Iain left his role as Vodafone’s Head of Indirect Business in 2005 to become a consultant and professional toastmaster. His sense of humour and no-nonsense attitude makes him the perfect person to host each edition of The Fonecast… and to work with your company.

James Rosewell

James Rosewell is the technical wizard who built The Fonecast web site and created his own easy-to-use podcast software. He started his career at the sharp end of technology, as a key member of a small team in a high-growth software start-up. James then spent 10 years with Vodafone, where he established a technology account management function that brought control to a £25m programme. He led the team of 100 people that replaced Vodafone’s Retail IT platform and grew service provision IT systems in line with Vodafone’s exponential expansion during the late 1990s. James passionately believes in the benefits mobile applications provide and is currently bringing those benefits to web developers through the open source project 51Degrees.

Mark Bridge

Mark Bridge is writer and podcast producer for The Fonecast. The rest of the time he’s a freelance writer who’s focussed on the mobile phone and IT industries. Mark has over 15 years’ experience working with fixed-line and mobile communications, beginning his career as a telephone engineer before finding sanctuary within the warmth of an office. As well as copywriting and consulting, he also turns up occasionally as the ‘gadget expert’ or 'mobile phone expert' on radio and TV. He’s committed to making technology easier to understand – through his writing, in his broadcasting and through his contribution to The Fonecast.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Apple cuts App Store commission for smaller businesses

Apple has cut its commission for App Store sales and in-app purchases to 15% for businesses that earn less than $1 million (around £760,000) per year. The company says it’ll benefit “the vast majority of developers” who sell digital goods and services for iPhone and iPad users through its application store.

A commission rate of 30% will continue to apply to businesses and app developers making more than $1 million in a calendar year.

The App Store Small Business Program will launch on 1st January 2021. Full details are expected to be released next month.

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said “Small businesses are the backbone of our global economy and the beating heart of innovation and opportunity in communities around the world. We’re launching this program to help small business owners write the next chapter of creativity and prosperity on the App Store, and to build the kind of quality apps our customers love. The App Store has been an engine of economic growth like none other, creating millions of new jobs and a pathway to entrepreneurship accessible to anyone with a great idea.”

The news comes as Epic Games continues its legal battle with Apple, arguing that App Store restrictions adversely affect competition and are a misuse of Apple’s power in the marketplace. Epic, the company behind popular game Fortnite, is currently taking legal action in the USA and has just launched new action in Australia.
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