App Store developers form a "Uni" the eve of WWDC's call for free trials, better rates

A group of App Store developers calling "The Developers Uni" today issued an open letter to Apple asking the company to pledge to allow free trials for applicatis and a "more reasable revenue reducti".

The group says it's aimed first and foremost at what Apple implements free tests for all apps in the iOS and Mac App Store from here the mth of July, with plans to advocate for other changes.

Creating good software should make a living by doing it. So we created The Developers Uni to defend sustainability in the App Store.

Today, we are asking Apple to pledge to allow free trials for all apps in App Stores before the tenth anniversary of the App Store in July. After that, we will begin to advocate for a more reasable income reducti and other favorable changes for developers and the community.

The initiative is led by Brent Simms (creator of MarsEdit, Vesper and NetNewsWire), Jake Schumacher (Human Story documentary app), Loren Morris (product designer) and Roger Ogden (software designer).

The Developers Uni is not a "uni" in the traditial sense of the word, but it aims to bring together developers and supporters to advocate for changes in the App Store.

In an interview with WIRED the team behind The Developers Uni said that the goal is to win a thousand members this week and 20,000 in early June, when the Worldwide Developers Cference will take place.

"In a certain way, it's a n-uni uni", Morris, product designer, …

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