AppStore pricing question

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by mschuetz, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. mschuetz macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2008
    Dear all,
    what happens when users are updating an app, if they got the app for free, but the new app version is now paid (the app has been discontinued to be free and changed to price tier 1).
    - they do get the update free
    - they are prompted and charged for the update?
    - another option that I don't know about

    Thanks for any info
  2. vettori macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Italy, near Venice
    All upgrades are free for existing customers.
    Some developers released paid upgrades but they actually were new apps not upgrades.
  3. axonic labs macrumors member

    axonic labs

    Feb 28, 2007
    The App Store currently doesn't have a way for App Developers to charge different for a new user vs a current user. That would be a nice feature.
  4. BUFFBOY macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    sorry i dont get it.
    so i downloaded a free app. then a update comes out and it shows as 2.99 or something...will it charge me for this update ? since i got it for free before..
  5. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    This statement is false.

    The upgrade pricing depends solely on the developer. You could've got XXX 1.0 for free. But if the developer decides to make XXX 1.1 a paid upgrade, then you do have to pay for it. Simple.

    TIP: Be sure to read the app description and see whether an upgrade is free or not.
  6. vettori macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2008
    Italy, near Venice
    PBF, trust me, I know what I say. A developer may have named the app XXX 1.1 but if you have to pay it even if you already own the app then it's really a new app not an upgrade for XXX.
    This "paid upgrades" thing is something I discussed with Apple back in late 2008 shortly after the AppStore opening.
    I think that developers should be able to decide to release a paid upgrade if they want but at the moment they can't. This unfortunately means that for some (probably successful) apps at some point you'll see "XXX 2" new apps instead of "XXX" 2 upgrades. And I think that for the same reason you see different iPhone and iPad version for some successful apps.

    If you have the app then upgrades FOR THAT APP are free.

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