This is a common myth that has been demystified several times already. Apps and services are the same as they are on Android. Some are completely free, while others need in-app purchases.
It depends on what you really want. It is completely free to download a service-based application such as Flipkart, Amazon, Uber, or others. However, there will certainly be a cost if you want to use a product, such as an advanced gaming application, and want to enjoy a high quality experience.
Although certain programs require a subscription, I am still able to utilize the free version. But it is true that some apps can only be downloaded once you have paid for them.
Both iOS and Android work similarly when it comes to free and paid apps but for some reason people think that everything is free on Android and everything needs to be paid for on iOS.
The vast majority of social networking applications are free. Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime are the only premium services I pay for. However, certain apps that you might use from time to time, such as Adobe PDF Converter and Photoshop, are not free.
The more complicated the software, the more likely you will be required to make a purchase.