Apple is now offering developers the chance to return the Developer Transition Kits which was an A12Z-powered Mac mini at its full price, which is a cool $500.

This DTK had been made available to developers prior to Apple releasing it’s first M1-powered lineup of Macs, and and laid the foundation for the arrival of the machines.

The news here though, is that Apple had initially asked developers to return these kits in exchange for $200, but that has since changed in the face of some furor generated by developers. Additionally, Apple had also stipulated that the refund amount be used by the end of May this year, again, many were unhappy with this restriction.

However, Apple has listened, and not only can the DTK be refunded for a full $500, the amount can now be used till the end of this year.

As cited by MacRumors:

We heard your feedback regarding the 200 USD appreciation credit mentioned in our last email. Our intention was to recognize the tremendous effort that you have put into creating amazing universal apps. By partnering with us early, you showed your commitment to our platform and a willingness to be trailblazers.

So instead of the 200 USD credit that expires in May, we are giving you a 500 USD Apple credit and extending the time you can use it to get a new ‌M1‌ Mac through the end of the year. If you already purchased a new ‌M1‌ Mac, the Apple credit gives you the flexibility to purchase any Apple product to help with your app development work.

We’ll share details soon about how to ship the Developer Transition Kit (DTK) back to Apple. Note that the DTK will no longer receive publicly available software updates after macOS Big Sur 11.2. We encourage you to return it as soon as possible so that your development work is not interrupted. And once you return the DTK, you’ll receive your Apple credit.

This refund can be used towards any product from Apple, and given that some major MacBook refreshes are expected this year coupled with an end-of-year extension to use the amount, most developers should find themselves in comfortable spot.

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