Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Office 255.5

Ina Fried, reporting for Recode:

While one of the big holdups for Office for iPad was getting the software just right, another was Apple’s policy that apps that sell things — including subscriptions — use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and hand over 30 percent of that revenue to Apple.

I was wondering about this. Fried’s report lends some credibility to my theory that Starbucks also sacrifices 30% through in-app card top-ups.