The Developers Union is no longer being worked on. Brent, Jake, Loren, and Roger want to say thanks for your support. We think we did a lot of good for the indie developer community, but between having babies, getting married, and being busy with work, none of us have the time to dedicate to it anymore. We've deleted all user data. Thanks again, you're the best. ❤️
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.
Is this a union union with dues and stuff?
No, this is a non-union union created to bring developers and supporters together for better App Stores for all by focusing on issues that best serve those who create and use apps.
Why free trials?
Free trials are a great place to start and gather the momentum needed to create significant change. Trials allow developers to show users their creation and establish value. Before iOS, Mac developers relied heavily on free trials, and they were able to make a living while making great software.
What other changes will The Developers Union advocate for?
We really want this to be community-driven, so this is about your ideas. One thing on top of developers' minds is the revenue split between Apple and developers. That could be next.
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Roger is a software developer who writes mainly for iOS for his day job. He got his first Mac in 2007: a white polycarbonate MacBook. Since then, he’s closely followed the Apple indie developer scene, which inspired him to become a programmer. He enjoys obsessively following theme park news and reconfiguring his terminal dot files for the 37th time this year. He lives in Boise with his wife Sidney and his two dogs Annabelle and Oliver, and occasionally blogs at The Relativity Transit.