What you need to know
- A lawsuit filed against Apple by developers is one step closer to being settled.
- A $100M deal has gained preliminary approval from the courts.
- A class action was filed in 2019 over claims Apple has a monopoly over its App Store and App distribution.
A class-action lawsuit filed against Apple by developers is nearing settlement after a judge granted preliminary approval to the $100M deal.
In a court order from Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who is also overseeing the Epic Games trial, the court granted a motion for preliminary approval of the settlement:
Concessions to developers include maintaining the App Store Small Business Program, basing search results on downloads and ratings, expanding the price points of apps, and importantly, letting developers tell their customers about other ways to pay beyond iOS. It also includes a fund to assist small US developers:
Thanks to the settlement, 51% of the class (exstimated to be some 67,000 developers), will get $250. Other payouts will range as follows:
- 51% will get a minimum payment of $250
- 23% will get a minimum payment of $500
- 11% will get a minimum payment of $1,000
- 4% will get a minimum payment of $1,500
- 6% will get a minimum payment of $2,000
- 2% will get a minimum payment of $3,500
- 2% will get a minimum payment of $ 5,000
- 1% will get a minimum payment of $10,000
- 1% will get a minimum payment of $20,000
- 1% will get a minimum payment of $30,000
Developers have until March 21, 2022, to exclude themselves from the settlement.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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