Apple settles class action with developers, allows more communication with users

From CNET: Apple says it has reached a settlement with a group of developers in a class action lawsuit against the tech giant over how it manages its App Store. Among the agreements, Apple said it would share more data with app developers, solidify some rules around communication with customers and establish a $100 million fund to help US developers who make less than $1 million.

"From the beginning, the App Store has been an economic miracle; it is the safest and most trusted place for users to get apps, and an incredible business opportunity for developers to innovate, thrive, and grow," Phil Schiller, Apple Fellow who oversees the App Store, said in a statement. "We would like to thank the developers who worked with us to reach these agreements in support of the goals of the App Store and to the benefit of all of our users."

Though this agreement is separate from Apple's continued litigation with Fortnite developer Epic Games, the proposed settlement will need approval from its judge, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. The case is called Cameron et al v. Apple.

Apple's move to settle its suit with developers marks the latest twist in its ongoing legal battles over the App Store. Apple's found itself increasingly battling with app developers over the past few years who feel the tech giant too tightly controls its App Store, the only way users are allowed to install programs on their iPhones and iPads.

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