Apple right this moment despatched out emails to builders who’re in possession of a Developer Transition Kit, asking them to return the machines by March 31. The Developer Transition Kits are Mac minis with A12Z chips that Apple supplied for improvement functions forward of the discharge of the M1 Macs.
Apple within the emails supplied builders with transport directions, and plans to start accumulating the DTKs beginning subsequent week. The DTKs featured 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports and an HDMI 2.0 port along with the A12Z chip, which was first used within the 2020 iPad Pro fashions.
Thanks once more for taking part within the Universal Quick Start Program and committing to constructing nice apps for Mac. We’re following up with transport directions to return the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) that was loaned to you as a part of this system. Please take a second to evaluation these particulars and ship all DTKs again to us by March 31, 2021.
As we talked about in our final electronic mail, upon confirmed return of the DTK, you may obtain a credit score for 500USD within the type of a one-time use promo code legitimate till the tip of 2021. You can use it towards the acquisition of a brand new M1 Mac or different Apple merchandise ordered by the Apple Store Online.
To get one of many DTK models, builders had been required to pay $500, and to compensate builders for what they spent, Apple is offering a $500 credit score that may be put towards the acquisition of any Apple product.
Apple initially deliberate to present builders $200, however later upped that to $500 after builders complained in regards to the low credit score quantities and technical points that had been skilled through the testing course of.
Developers will now obtain a $500 USD credit score after the DTK is obtained, however Apple shouldn’t be adjusting that quantity for builders who’re in different international locations. Each developer is receiving the equal of $500, and as developer Steve Troughton-Smith factors out, that doesn’t match the unique value of the DTK for some builders.
Apple can be changing its ‘$500 credit’ to native forex — €412 right here, of the €539 paid for this system — which is rather a lot much less of a refund than the ~full credit score US builders are getting. All in all, this DTK program has been a fairly appalling developer expertise
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) February 26, 2021
Apple first despatched out Developer Transition Kits at the tip of June, so builders had been in a position to make use of them for eight months. Developers had been meant to have a year with the DTK for app improvement functions, however different advantages that embody a personal dialogue discussion board and technical help will proceed to be obtainable for the complete 12 month interval.