Back in August, Apple said it would pay out $ 100 million and make several changes to the App Store to resolve a group lawsuit filed by developers, and a settlement offer yesterday received preliminary approval from Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers, who overseeing that case in addition to the Epic lawsuit against Apple.
Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will create a “fund” of 100 million dollars, which developers can access based on their historical income from the ‘App Store’. Developers who have earned $ 1 million or less through a U.S. storefront for their apps in each calendar year between June 4, 2015, and April 26, 2021 can earn between $ 250 and $ 30,000. Higher payments will be made to those who have participated more in the App Store ecosystem.
Eligible developers will be able to file claims when the settlement receives final approval and can apply to be notified when requests are accepted through the website created for the lawsuit.
In addition to paying $ 100 million, Apple has agreed to keep the App Store Small Business Program in its current structure for the next three years and will allow developers to use communication methods such as email to share information about payment methods available outside of their iOS apps. . .
Other terms include several App Store pricing options, the publication of an annual App Store-based transparency report, and tools that allow developers to complain about an application rejection. All the details of what Apple agreed to can be found in our original settlement article.
The lawsuit dates back to 2019, when a group of iOS developers accused Apple of using its “App Store” monopoly to impose “profit-killing” commissions. Developers were unhappy with Apple’s 30 percent cut, a problem that was largely solved when Apple introduced the App Store Small Business Program and reduced commissions to 15 percent for developers earning less than $ 1 million in a given calendar year.
In the future, submissions, papers and memoranda supporting the final approval of the settlement must be submitted by April 29, 2022, and a fairness and final approval hearing will be held on June 7, 2022. If and when final approval is given, developers will begin receiving money from Apple.
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