Some iOS developers could get up to $30,000 from Apple in a settlement but must apply soon

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Apple has reminded small developers who make apps for iOS that they should file an assistance submission by May 20 if they want a slice of a $100 million fund the company has set up as part of a settlement relating to an antitrust class-action lawsuit, in which Apple denies any wrongdoing. Developers based in the United States and sold an app on the iOS App Store between 2015 - 2021 but made less than a million dollars per year, could be entitled to some of the money.

Those who file a valid claim form are entitled to a minimum payment of between $250 and $30,000 from the $100 million Small Developer Assistance Fund. Those who take no action will not be awarded any payment and will also give up their legal right to sue Apple for claims related to the case.

According to the Small Apple Developer Assistance website, the lawsuit claimed that Apple had attempted to monopolise its iOS app and in-app distribution services market but Apple denies this. The payments from the settlement could help to offset potential losses through Apple’s practices which the lawsuit claims violated U.S. antitrust and California unfair competition laws.

You can submit your claim electronically but you will need to have your Claim ID and Confirmation Code to hand. If you do not have these, you can apply for them at the bottom of the form. Like all legal matters, this settlement is very complex, therefore, the website provides a detailed FAQ which you should familiarise yourself with if you’re affected.

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