Apple has begun transition App Store currencies from the U.S. dollar and euro to local alternatives in nine new countries. The change brings small savings for customers in certain markets.
While most of us open up the App Store and pay for titles using the currencies we use every day, Apple continues to use the U.S. dollar in a number of foreign countries, while others have to pay in euros even though they don’t normally use them.
That changed this week for nine locations. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Poland will now see their local currency as opposed to the euro, while Chile, Columbia, Croatia, and Peru are switching from the U.S. dollar.
In some countries, the switch brings small savings. For instance, an app that was previously priced at €1 in Poland now costs 4 zloty, whereas €1 at today’s exchange rate is actually worth 4.58 zloty. It’s not a big difference, but it’s a welcome one.
The changes not only apply to the App Stores for both macOS and iOS, but also to iTunes, the iBooks Store, Apple Music, and iCloud. Apple says developer revenue will also be paid in local currencies once the changes take effect.