iPhone users will pay more for Twitter Blue thanks to Apple

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Twitter Blue will cost you more if you subscribe via an iPhone than if you do it via the Twitter website when it eventually relaunches. The move comes as Twitter tries to wriggle its way out from beneath Apple's App Store fees.

Owner and CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, has already made his feelings about the 30% App Store cut known, threatening to "go to war" over it. But now it looks like he's found a way around giving Apple 30% of Twitter's money — by making iPhone owners pay more.

Thanks, Elon

Twitter Blue is currently on hiatus after Musk found that people were abusing the ability to pay to get a blue Verified checkmark. But when it comes back, the price will be $11 for iPhone owners and $7 for everyone else, writes The Information.

"Twitter has informed some employees that it plans to change the pricing of its Twitter Blue subscription product to $7 if users pay for it through the web and $11 if they do so through its app for iPhones," the report says, citing an unnamed source "briefed on the plans."

The tiered pricing will ensure that people who pay for Twitter Blue via the App Store effectively pay for Apple's transaction cut. Alternatively, users can sign up for Twitter Blue via the social network's website and pay less.

There are other changes to Twitter Blue, too. For example, the re-relaunched feature will include different colored badges depending on whether an account belongs to a company, government, or individual, which Twitter believes will make it more difficult for people to pretend to be businesses.

Anyone signing up to Twitter Blue cannot change their name in the seven days before paying up, while anyone who changes it afterward will lose their checkmark until someone manually reviews it. However, given that Twitter now has half as many employees as before, it isn't clear who will do that.

The refreshed Twitter Blue is expected to arrive tomorrow, December 9.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.