Back in August, Apple agreed to a $ 100 million payment to resolve a class action lawsuit filed by U.S. App Store developers. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers approved a request for preliminary approval of the settlement.
The settlement would involve the creation of a $ 100 million “Small Developer Assistance Fund” to pay out amounts ranging from a minimum of $ 250 to a maximum of $ 30,000. Developers earning $ 1 million or less through the US App Store between June 4, 2015 and April 26, 2021 will be eligible for the payout. How much they will get will depend on the number of people who will submit the approved applications. The remaining funds, if any, would go to the nonprofit Girls Who Code.
Application developers will have the option to apply for alerts when the settlement receives final approval. A website has also been created for it, but it is not yet available. It could most likely be operational when the settlement receives final approval.
In addition, the settlement will allow developers to reach customers via email and other means of communication to inform them about alternative payment methods outside the App Store. Apple will also try to make the app review system more transparent by publishing an annual App Store transparency report. Furthermore, the technology company will update its application review website to help developers better understand the complaint process. It will also allow developers to complain about the rejection of their applications based on unfair treatment.
Earlier, the technology firm offered developers less than 100 pricing options in the App Store. Under the contract, the company will now offer them more flexibility by increasing the number of prices to over 500.
Apple has recently found itself embroiled in various lawsuits. The high-profile legal battle between Epic Games and Apple led to the latter coming out as the overall winner. However, he suffered a small “loss” because the judge ruled that the iPhone manufacturer would have to allow alternative payment links for applications.
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