iPhone users will pay more as Twitter relaunches Twitter Blue

The microblogging site, Twitterhas relaunched its base subscription service, Blue Twitterwhich comes with a verification badge and other special features for subscribers.

While Elon Musk had previously announced an $8 per month subscription fee, the relaunch comes with an additional $3 fee for iPhone users.

According to Twitter, iPhone users will pay more due to additional charges imposed on Twitter by Apple on its iOS platform.

Meanwhile, Android does not charge any additional fees for the app. Twitter, however, noted that iPhone users who sign up via the web will be able to pay the normal $8 charge.

The news continues after this announcement.

More on Apple’s 30% tax: The additional charge for iPhone users is a reflection of the 30% cut Apple takes on revenue from apps for iOS, its operating system for the iPhone and iPad. Late last month, Musk began criticizing Apple for its transaction fees on its platform, saying Apple had threatened to remove Twitter from its App Store.

Musk later backtracked on those criticisms after a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The news continues after this announcement.

About the subscription: Announcing the relaunch, Twitter said:

  • “We’re relaunching @TwitterBlue on Monday – subscribe on the web for $8/mo or on iOS for $11/mo to get access to subscriber-only features, including the blue check mark.
  • “When you sign up, you’ll get Edit Tweet, 1080p video uploads, reader mode, and a blue check mark (after your account has been reviewed).
  • “We will start to replace that “official” label with a gold check mark for businesses and, later in the week, a gray check mark for government and multilateral accounts.
  • “Subscribers will be able to change their ID, display name, or profile photo, but if they do, they will temporarily lose the blue check mark until their account is reviewed again.”

Additionally, Twitter said that tweets from its Blue subscribers will be prioritized, even though they will see fewer ads (50%) than unverified users.

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