What you need to know
- Setapp has conducted its annual survey of Mac users.
- 90% of Mac developers say they are happy with Apple's new Small Business Program.
Setapp has published the results of its 2020 Mac Developer Survey, revealing 90% of them are happy with Apple's Small Business Program.
Setapp asked developers about lots of different things including the pandemic, 2021, business obstacles, and app distribution:
For 2021, 68% of developers said they had a positive or very positive outlook, with more than half planning a major update to an app, and 44% planning a new app altogether.
Unsurprisingly, 90% of the developers support Apple's Small Business Program, and exactly half said they were going to apply.
Interestingly, only 24% said they exclusively distribute their apps through the Mac App Store, with 33% distributing them outside, and 43% through both. Of those same developers, 56% of them got more revenue from outside the Mac App Store than through it.
Only 19% of developers thought subscriptions would definitely have a positive impact on their business, the majority saying they weren't sure (43%). When it comes to subscriptions, by far the biggest obstacle was explaining the value of subscriptions to their users.
You can read the full survey here.
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