Apple today sent emails to developers who are in possession of a Developer Transition Kit, asking them to return the machines by March 31. Mac.
In the emails, Apple provided the developers with shipping instructions and plans to start collecting DTKs from next week. The DTKs featured 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port in addition to the A12Z chip, which was first used in iPad Pro models. 2020.
Thank you again for participating in the Universal Quick Start Program and for being committed to building great apps for Mac. We follow the shipping instructions to return the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) loaned to you as part of the program. Please take a moment to review these details and return all DTKs to us by March 31, 2021.
As we mentioned in our last email, upon confirmed return of the DTK, you will receive a credit of USD 500 in the form of a one-time promotional code valid until the end of 2021. You can l ” use for the purchase of the new Mac M1 gold or other Apple products ordered through the Apple Online Store.
To get one of the DTK units, the developers had to pay $ 500 and to compensate the developers for what they spent, Apple provides a credit of $ 500 which can be used towards the purchase of any Apple product. .
Apple originally planned to give developers $ 200, but then increased that amount to $ 500 after developers complained about low credit amounts and technical issues encountered during the testing process.
Developers will now receive a credit of $ 500 after receiving the DTK, but Apple does not adjust this amount for developers residing in other countries. Each developer receives the equivalent of $ 500, and as developer Steve Troughton-Smith points out, that doesn’t match the initial cost of DTK for some developers.
Apple is also converting its “$ 500 credit” to local currency – € 412 here, out of the € 539 paid for the program – which is far less of a refund than the ~ total credit that US developers get. Overall this DTK program has been a pretty appalling developer experience – Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) February 26, 2021
Apple first sent developer transition kits at the end of June, so developers could use them for eight months. The developers were supposed to spend a year with the DTK for application development purposes, but other perks, including a private discussion board and technical support, will continue to be available for the entire 12-month period.