Apple currently has over 20 million registered developers and the App Store has around 1.8 million apps from around 500,000 developers.
As Apple now introduces a lower commission of 15 percent for developers whose business draws in less than a million dollars a year, an overwhelming majority of developers will benefit from the reduction, reports 9 to 5 Mac.
Figures from Appfigures show that 376,000 of the apps in the store charge in some way (sold directly or have buy-in-the-app / subscriptions) and they come from around 124,500 developers. Two percent of these have revenues in excess of one million dollars and will continue to pay 30 percent to Apple.
Of those who pull in over a million dollars, just over 50 percent are game developers, while each about five percent develop apps in health and exercise, social media, entertainment and photo / video. Education, lifestyle, music, productivity and tools have even fewer developers with large revenues. However, these figures apply to 2019 and Appfigures points out that the pandemic 2020 has changed the balance.
For Apple, the reduced commission will not affect revenue much. According to data from Sensor Tower from 2019, one percent of the developers accounted for 93 percent of the revenue, and I guess the 98th percentile unit accounts for a large part of the remaining seven percent.