Gang-Jumped By Paid App Upgrades

Gedeon Maheux:

Perhaps a better way to answer the question might be, how willing would you be to re-purchase your favorite apps if they are optimized for iOS 7? Look at your device’s home screen and go down the list of apps you use most and ask yourself if you could live without it once you upgrade. I think that most users (at least those that matter to developers) would answer that they would gladly pay again if it means having the latest and greatest version of their favorite apps, at least I would hope so.

If I take a quick look at my home screen I’ll find:

  • Byword (with IAP) - $10
  • Craigslist - $2
  • Downcast - $2
  • Felix - $3
  • Reeder - $5
  • SkyMotion - $3
  • Tweetbot - $9
  • 1Password Pro - $14
  • Assorted games ~$30

Each of those apps was well worth the money and I use most of them daily (Reeder is more of an addiction than an app). But if all of those developers just on the iOS 7-is-the-time-to-release-a-paid-upgrade train then I’m out almost $80. That inches closer to $100 if you count my second page apps. Each on their own in worth the money, but all of them together would break the bank.

I believe in paying for good software, really I do, but I’d appreciate if all the devs of apps I use didn’t take advantage of the new iOS launch to make my entire phone out of date.