App Store developers form ‘Union’ ahead of WWDC; Call for free app trials, better rates


A club of App Store developers was terming themselves “The Developers Union”. They published it in an open letter to Apple demanding the company to provide free trials for apps and reasonable revenue cut.

The group states that they first try to get Apple to execute free trials for all apps in the iOS and Apple Stores by July 2019. With having more plans after that to seek for other changes. The open letter says that:

We believe that people who create great software should be able to make a living doing it. So we created The Developers Union to advocate for sustainability in the App Store. 

Today, we are asking Apple to commit to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July. After that, we’ll start advocating for a more reasonable revenue cut and other community-driven, developer-friendly changes.”

Brent Simmons, Jake Schumacher, Loren Morris, and Roger Ogden are taking up the initiative. The Developers Union is not a “trade union” in the usual sense of the word, but it is trying to make developers and supporters together to support for App Store changes.

They have not yet described particular changes that they want to see to Apple’s revenue sharing scheme. Thier focus right now is on recruiting new members and promoting the free trial program. The Developers Union is expecting to influence Apple to expand free trials to all apps, not just to offer a subscription-based service.

Right now only over 60 apps and 50 people and are supporting The Developers Union, but more developers are expected to join as word spreads. Developers and non-developers both can sign up on the Developers Union website to support the action.

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