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US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 02, 2021 10:31AM
...up 38% from 2019.

Wow, I had no idea. None in my household spends that, so that means 5 users that are averaging like $30 (and most of that is from a single member of our household who spend $$ on in-app purchases on one favorite game). If that is universally true, I wonder if there are some paying hundreds/thousand dollars/year?

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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 02, 2021 10:40AM
And here I thought I was wasteful for spending $5 on an app last year.



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 02, 2021 10:53AM
Maybe we should do an MRF poll to see where we sit on the '$138/year' spectrum.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: davester
Date: April 02, 2021 10:54AM
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sekker
Maybe we should do an MRF poll to see where we sit on the '$138/year' spectrum.

Based on what I know about the people here (including myself), I'd guess that we're closer to $1.38/year.



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 02, 2021 10:59AM
I don't think I spent anything on iOS apps last year.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: April 02, 2021 11:19AM
We are a forum of cheapskates, which should surprise nobody.....



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: Bernie
Date: April 02, 2021 11:34AM
Maybe they are including in app purchases for game perks and power ups.

I haven't bought an app in years.

All total it is not $138.00 and I bought the first iPhone. I payed to much and Steve gave me a Gift card.

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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 02, 2021 11:51AM
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Bernie
... I bought the first iPhone. I payed to[o] much and Steve gave me a Gift card.

soapbox smiley

Me, too! I purchased an iPad nano with that gift card, still turns on though I do not use it anymore.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 02, 2021 11:55AM
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rjmacs
We are a forum of cheapskates, which should surprise nobody.....

Very true, just makes me wonder what 'normal' people spend money on the iOS app store? Is this almost all in-app purchases (as I noted, I have one example of that in my household, and they've decided it's how they want to spend some of their leisure money, so that's fine by me).

I do wonder if this includes some of the subscription services like Apple Music? We pay for all of our subscriptions directly to avoid any Apple App Store tax (15% or 30%). I do not think Apple should require such a tax for permission for an otherwise free app to be on my iPhone.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 02, 2021 12:38PM
I have an “auto-renew” on the “ Night Sky” app. $9.99 + tax.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: testcase
Date: April 02, 2021 12:40PM
I have an “auto-renew” on the “ Night Sky” app. $9.99 + tax. That’s pretty much it.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 02, 2021 12:46PM
Oh, HELL no.



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 02, 2021 12:48PM
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testcase
I have an “auto-renew” on the “ Night Sky” app. $9.99 + tax. That’s pretty much it.

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testcase
I have an “auto-renew” on the “ Night Sky” app. $9.99 + tax. That’s pretty much it.

I think I see a way to cut that cost in half. smiley-laughing001



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 02, 2021 12:52PM
I wonder if it includs subscriptions like Netflix and others as in-app purchases? I think I spend $1 a month on iCloud backup and that is it.

EDIT: I also wonder if it includes institutional purchases as well. I routinely purchase $500-$5000 of an app at a time. When you are talking 2500 iPads, even a $.99 app adds up fast.

EDIT again: How do they know if it is an iPhone user or not? I buy apps on my iPhone but use them on an iPad...



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 02, 2021 01:53PM
Not sure how they know iPhone vs iPad, but in my household, the iPad games are the only $$ we are spending on.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: April 02, 2021 02:10PM
I’m pretty sure I spent nothing.



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: April 02, 2021 02:18PM
Nothing in this past year for me but in previous years I'd usually get 1 decent game per year, like Minecraft, Stardew Valley, Mario Run, Final Fantasy, etc.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: RgrF
Date: April 02, 2021 03:03PM
ø spent here.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: jonny
Date: April 02, 2021 09:24PM
I think I spent about $15 on apps for my kid.
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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 02, 2021 10:06PM
Maybe $138 includes money spent in subscriptions, such as Netflix and similar.

is there a way to look up past purchases/invoices? it's actually very easy, it's in Settings on iPhone.



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 03, 2021 09:25AM
As a family of four, I think we have spent a total of $5 through the years and that was for a productivity app to support my wife’s teaching.



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Re: US iPhone users spent an average of $138 on apps in 2020
Posted by: fauch
Date: April 03, 2021 03:56PM
I'm on my 4th iPhone and I have STILL yet to purchase an app...
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