A group of independent developers of applications for iOS and macOS came together in a community called the Union Developers (“developer Union”) and published an open letter to Apple. In their appeal they argued for the introduction of trial versions in the App Store and Mac App Store.
We believe that people involved in software development must be able to make a living. That’s why we created The Developers Union and advocated a number of changes to the App Store and Mac App Store.
Today we turn to Apple with the hope that she will assume the obligation to allow developers to publish free trial versions of applications to the tenth anniversary of the App Store in July of this year. In the future, we plan to reduce the fee charged by the company for each purchase.
According to community members, if the company will give users the opportunity to try out the app before purchasing, it will play into the hands of both developers and consumers.
At the time of writing, the initiative is already supported by several hundred developers. According to the publication WIRED, “Union of developers” plans to attract several thousand members of this industry by the beginning of June, at the time of conducting WWDC 2018.