Apple's settlement agreement of $100 million changes

A key app store rules for developers. Developers can email all apple user's how to avoid Apple's payment systems.


A settlement agreement between Apple and a app developer's of US class-action lawsuit includes a $100 million payout from Apple. The proposed settlement agreement also has Apple's "clarifying", "clarification" its policies to explain that App Store developers can contact their customers or iPhone user's, with the permission's, using the information which is collected inside their apps and to tell them about payment systems outside the App Store. This change is a move to the Anti-Steering policy's that has been a big point of dissension between Apple and its detractor for years.


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This change in settlement agreement, while is we see it is potentially important for developers of App Store , isn’t quite as notable as it may seem. In an update to the iOS(formerly iPhone OS) App Store Guidelines in June, Apple already changed its rules in June update to confess developers of App Store to communicate with customers of iOS user's outside of their apps, but at that time, they weren’t confessed to contact users of iOS about the alternate payment systems using information obtained inside the app's, they would have had a figure to out and how to obtain their contact information in another way. If this settlement agreement is approved, the restriction's would no more be in place, which should make's it easier for developers of iOS to reach out to users of iPhones. Still, many developers not have been asking for information's a way to let user's know, inside the app, they do not have to pay using existing Apple’s in-apps payment system.


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In Apple’s press release conference. The Apple spins the whole entire settlement aggremet as a generous offer to developer's of iOS, including the Anti-Steering policy change: This is because “To give developer's more flexibility to reach their customers of apps or iOS user's , Apple is also "clarifying" that developer's can use communications method's, such as email, etc. To share the information about payment options outside of their iOS app's,” Apple company write's. “As always, developer's will not pay Apple a money of commission on any purchase's taking place outside of their app's or the App Store. User's must sanction to the communication's and have the right to consent opt-out.”


Apple company is also making a number of other concession's as part of the proposed settlement agreement for Cameron et al v. Apple Inc, this one being a big payout of $100 million, which will be split among small developers of App Store who earned $1 million or less “for their all apps in every year calendar in which the developer's had an account between June 4, 2015, and April 26, 2021.” Apple has decided to name this the “Small Developer's Assistance Fund.”




A website's for eligible developers of App Store is not fully operational yet (and may not be until the proposed agreement settlement is approved by a judge of court), but court filings show how the money could be distributed in “Small Developer's Assistance Fund.” A proceeds tier ranging from one penny to over $1 million sort's out the potential return, with developers of App Store in line for a minimum payment of between $250 and $30,000. That will be depending on how many people's submit request approved claims of funds, with leftover funds is distribute to the Girls Who Codes nonprofit.


Apple's settlement agreement of $100 million changes -apple-iPhone

Other points include in agreement:

· Apple promise to keep the App Store as a Small Business Program, which allows small developer's who earn less than $1 million in a whole year to apply for a reduced 15 percent in commission from their sales, in place in its “current structure” for at least the next three years.

· The Apple company will publish or upload an annual transparency report about the App Store apps. Apple says that the report will includes “best meaningful statistics about the app review process, including the number of apps rejected for different or some reasons, the number of customer's and developer's accounts deactivated, objective data regarding search queries and results, and the number of apps removed from the App Store for different reasons.” It’s unclear when the first report will be released, but the company is committing to releasing the report for at least three years which is quite good.

· Developer's will be able to set more than 500 price points for every subscriptions, in-app purchases, and paid apps. Right now, they’re limited to fewer than 100 price points, so the jump will allow developer's to offer a wider range of prices this is good for developers but not good for customer's because every customer not offered this.

· Apple is committing to keeping the current App Store Search system in place “for at least the next three years.” Tapbots developer Paul Haddad points out why that’s not necessarily what all developers want.

· The company will add an unspecified amount and type of additional information about the app appeals process to the App Review website to “help developers understand how the appeals process works.”


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