Apple has asked engineers to return the Developer Transition Kits (DTK) Mac Minis with A12Z chips by March 31, as reported by Apple Insider. Apple leased these DTKs ahead of the release of the M1 Macs to get app makers ready for Apple Silicon Macs.
The custom A12Z Bionic-powered Mac Minis were launched as part of the Universal App Quick Start Program. Apple has given instructions regarding transporting guidelines and plans to start gathering the DTKs. The DTKs included 16GB RAM, a 512GB SSD, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports and a HDMI 2.0 port notwithstanding the A12Z chip, which was first utilized in the 2020 iPad Pro models.
The message includes an appreciation for partaking in the Universal Quick Start Program and focusing on building incredible applications for Mac. The letter further requests them to return the DTKs that were loaned as part of the program and states the shipping instructions. The letter further states that upon confirmed return of the DTK engineers will receive a credit for 500USD in the form of a one-time use promo code that is usable until the end of 2021. They can use it to buy a new M1 Mac or other Apple products through the Apple Store Online
Developers paid $500 to acquire those DTKs, and now they get full repayment that can be used to acquire any Apple item. Apple’s initial decision was to give only $200 back to developers, but changed their decision due to protests from them floating the advanced technical issues they had to tackle during testing.
Some are still upset as developers in all the countries will be receiving a $500 USD credit without any adjustments. While US developers are getting a full credit, developers in some other countries do not get the original cost of the DTK.
Apple originally loaned the Developer Transition Kits toward June end, so designers had the option to utilize them for a very long time. Designers were intended to have a year with the DTK for application improvement purposes, yet different advantages that incorporate a private conversation discussion and specialized help will keep on being accessible for the full year time frame.
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