iOS developers form union to pressure Apple

A number of prominent third-party iOS developers have formed a union to put pressure on Apple to change several App Store policies.

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 publicly commit – by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July – to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores before July 2019. After that, we’ll start advocating for a more reasonable revenue cut and other community-driven, developer-friendly changes.

I’ve railed against the long-term sustainability of the application store model for years now, long before it became en vogue in wider developer circles. I absolutely love the idea of independent developers forming a union – even if it’s not a literal union – as a means to put pressure on Apple, Google, and other owners of application stores to take better care of developers.

At the same time, I fear that they are too late – the vast majority of the App Store’s revenue comes from crappy pay-to-win mobile games, not from well-made, lovingly crafted applications. I simply don’t think these developers are important enough to a bean-counting bottom-liner like Tim Cook.

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