Apple Begins Paying Developers After Reaching $100 Million App Store Settlement
Apple recently started sending payments to select App Store developers as part of a $100 million settlement it reached in the lawsuit Cameron et al v. Apple Inc., which alleged that Apple had a monopoly on the distribution of iOS apps and in-app purchases. Apple referred to the settlement as a "Small Developer Assistance Fund."
Eligible developers were expected to receive a payment between $250 and $30,000 from Apple depending on their total App Store earnings, but actual payments are higher since not all developers submitted a claim, thus increasing each developer's share of the settlement. Only developers in the U.S. who had App Store earnings between June 4, 2015 and April 26, 2021 and submitted a claim by the May 20, 2022 deadline will receive payment.
According to court documents, approximately 67,000 developers were eligible to submit a claim. It's unclear how many claims were submitted.
Apple denied all of the allegations and the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by the company. Developers receiving a settlement can no longer sue Apple individually for the same claims brought in the class action lawsuit, including any claim that they were overcharged by Apple as a result of the App Store's fee structure.