Developers Now Able to Submit Claims for $250 to $30,000 Payments From Apple in Lawsuit Settlement

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Apple in August announced plans to pay $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit levied by U.S. developers, and as of today, the website that will allow developers to submit a claim for a payout has gone live.

The $100 million that Apple provided is being distributed as part of a “Small Developer Assistance Fund,” and developers can claim between $250 and $30,000 based on their historic App Store participation. Claims can now be submitted using the Small Developer Assistance website, which also has tools for estimating payments.

Eligible developers must meet the following criteria:

Offered apps for a non-zero price. Sold apps in the U.S. storefront. Earned $1 million or less per calendar year. Offered apps between June 4, 2015 and April 26, 2021.

According to the settlement, there are approximately 67,000 eligible developers. Developers who earned less than $100 will get a potential minimum payment of $250, while those who earned over $1,000,000 will be entitled to the $30,000 payment. Minimum payments are subjected to change based on the total number of claims.

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. The lawsuit took issue with Apple’s 30 percent cut of ‌‌App Store‌‌ sales, and was largely addressed with the late 2020 announcement of the App Store Small Business Program that cut the commission that small developers have to pay to 15 percent.

Along with the $100 million payment to developers, Apple also agreed to some other concessions. Perhaps the biggest concession will see Apple allowing developers to use communications like email to share information about payment

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