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Apple begins Small Developer Assistance Fund payouts

Apple has started paying out to small developers that qualify for a fund established as part of a class-action lawsuit.

A lawsuit was brought against Apple by US developers over the company’s “profit-killing” App Store commissions. As part of the settlement, Apple agreed to create a $100 million Small Developer Assistance Fund.

The fund was open to US developers who sold paid apps or offered in-app purchases through the App Store between 4th June 2015 and 26th April 2021. The developers had to earn less than $1 million per calendar year through the App Store.

Developers who met the criteria were entitled to a minimum cash payment ranging from $250 to $30,000.

According to some qualifying developers, the payments have started reaching their accounts:

Unfortunately, it’s too late for qualifying developers to join the fund. Developers had until 20th May 2022 to register.

Other measures that were implemented following the lawsuit included a promise by Apple to continue its reduced 15 percent App Store commission rate for small developers for at least three years, and the ability for iOS developers to contact their customers – with their permission – outside of their apps to tell them about alternative payment options.

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