Is there an upgrade to "HD" option for apps?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by MVApple, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    I'm wondering if Apple has put in a feature for applications that let you upgrade to "HD" apps for a fee. For example, if you own app "A" for the iphone and maybe the developers want to allow users to upgrade to the new app for a small fee, is this a built in feature?

    Or is the only option to buy the app all over again?
  2. macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    If { User has app: normal }

    Then { Proceed to app: premium upgrade phobos page }

    Else { Proceed to app: premium full price page }

    ? lol idk :)
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    No, an option like that will not be available
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
    If the dev decides to let you then you can.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    No, it isn't possible. It's not a feature that's available for developers to use.

    Please don't make things up out of wishful thinking.

  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2008
    Devs can (and some did) modify their existing app to include the higher-rez resource files/UI layouts for the iPad and in that case the update would be free.
  7. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    These are pretty much the only options available to devs:

    1.) Convert existing iPhone app into universal app, makes iPad version free to existing iPhone customers because when they install it, the iPad version will launch by default

    2.) Make a new app, they have to buy it like any other app, no way to tie it to another app they have purchased. If this weren't the case, then devs wouldn't have to make a new app when they want people to upgrade their existing app. See MLB at Bat. They can add new features, that are already in the software and unlocked via in-app purchase. See Navigon My Regions.

    What I think would be neat is if someone installs an iPhone app on their iPad, when they launch it it pops up with a message for in-app purchase to unlock iPad features for a fee. That would be ideal, and a way for universal apps to take hold, as they would get money from it.

    I've also read about some devs who are making universal apps at a loss simply because they think their iPhone app looks horrid as a pixel-doubled iPad version and want the best possible experience for their customers. Fine by me!
  8. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    It's either free or full price. No in between option at this point.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2009
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    They should at least include the iPhone version in the iPad purchase.
  10. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    Since the OP is specifically asking about upgrading Apps what would be the advantage in wanting an included iPhone App? The upgrade price would still be the same.
  11. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    From what I have read about iPad apps the only crossgrade path is if a developer releases a "universal" version. A universal app will contain both an iPhone/Touch version and an iPad version and iTunes will install the correct one.

    If a developer releases an HD version it is iPad only and the App Store is not sophisticated enough to separate existing users from new users to offer a special crossgrade price.

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