The developers will get $500 store credit in return, but it has been a rough ride for some…
What you need to know
- Apple has confirmed that developers must return their Apple silicon DTK units by March 31.
- It comes following a fiasco about the amount of credit offered to developers in return.
- Some developers are now upset they aren’t getting the full rebate amount they paid like developers in the U.S.
Apple has confirmed to developers they must return their Developer Transition Kit by March 31, 2021, but some developers still aren’t happy about the rebate being offered by Apple.
The units were sold to developers to begin developing apps on Apple silicon last year. According to multiple reports, developers have been told in an email they must ship their DTK Macs back as the Universal App Quick Start Program comes to a close, from an email sent to developers:
Thanks again for participating in the Universal Quick Start Program and committing to building great apps for Mac. We’re following up with shipping instructions to return the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) that was loaned to you as part of the program. Please take a moment to review these details and ship all DTKs back to us by March 31, 2021.
Apple also confirmed to developers the offer of $500 of in-store credit, which can be used against any purchase in the Apple Store. Initially, developers were offered a mere $200 to be used against the purchase of an M1 Mac. The move was met with fury by developers, as most had already either purchased one or decided they had no use for it. From that report:
The move comes following a fairly substantial outcry from developers on the program, who were initially only offered $200 credit that had to be used against the purchase of an M1 Mac. From the original offer:
In appreciation of your participation in the program and to help with your continued development of Universal apps, you’ll receive a one-time use code for 200 USD to use toward the purchase of a Mac with M1, upon confirmed return of the DTK. Until your program membership expires one year after your membership start date, you’ll have continued access to other program benefits such as Technical Support incidents and private discussion forums.
This offer rang hollow to many developers who had been using the DTK as a platform to develop Apple silicon apps prior to the release of the M1 Mac lineup. As Steve noted earlier this week, the announcement from Apple came three months after the release of M1 Macs, and four months “past the sharp rise in DTK reliability issues”:
Developers outside the US, however, have noted that they are not getting a full rebate like their American counterparts are because the offer is fixed. One Aussie developer noted the purchase price in the country was $779, however, they are only receiving $646 as a rebate because it is a fixed amount of US$500:
AUD-USD exchange rate screwing Aussie Apple devs with the DTK rebate – paid $779, rebate only $646.
Can’t help but wonder had our dollar gone the other way, would the rebate have been more than we paid?
— tonygray (@tonygray) February 27, 2021
One UK developer noted a similar disparity, with UK devs getting back just £365 despite having paid £480 for the unit.
Huh, the credit for UK developers is £365 despite paying £480 for the DTK. WTF Apple? That’s less than it cost excluding VAT (not that it should matter as they’ll charge VAT on anything bought with the credit). pic.twitter.com/SIR88GR6oc
— Ben Dodson (@bendodson) February 27, 2021
Unfortunately, because of global exchange rates, it seems that whilst US developers are receiving the full $500 they paid as a rebate, many others are not.
Exemple du kit de développement (DTK): les devs EU sont lésés face aux devs US. Apple propose 412€ de bon d’achat pour 539€ de mise initiale. Mais outre-atlantique, 500$ sont restitués sur les 500$ engagés. Pourquoi 23% de perte pour les Européens vs 0% ?
— 📳Fred (@FredPerl) February 27, 2021
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