Don't you hate it when your paid apps are being updated less frequently than free app

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by diesel, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. diesel macrumors 6502a

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    My hats off to developers of free apps who have been pushing out updates quickly..........but come on developers of paid apps. wtf? we paid for your app, hurry up and fix some of your freaking bugs, especially crashing ones. alot of the paid apps haven't even been updated since launch date on 11 July. i won't name any names but you guys know who you are..............
     
  2. admanimal macrumors 68040

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    I wouldn't get too worked up about it. First of all, a lot of the crashing bugs are caused by bugs in the firmware, not the apps themselves. It is also taking a long time to get updates reviewed and approved by Apple. My paid app had one update that I submitted before the store even opened, and it was just approved today.
     
  3. i-John macrumors 6502a

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    An app should only have to be updated when needed, not just because. If there is an issue that needs addressing, then create an update. I would be worried about an app that needs a lot of updates... that usually means there were a lot of bugs to fix.
     
  4. diesel thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I disagree with that. Yes an app should be updated if there's an issue that needs to be addressed, but an app should also be updated with new features and functions to manage what the app is supposed to be doing better, or at the very least to stay current with the competition. Some may argue, you are paying for the current iteration of an app, but i believe you are not only paying for the current version, but the potential for improvement in the future up to a certain point (i.e. major release requiring additional money).
     
  5. jaseone macrumors 65816

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    I think you will find it isn't necessarily the developer's fault for updates not being made available but rather with Apple's review process as I often see comments in an app's description that the developer has a new version awaiting approval, there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to the order applications are approved.
     
  6. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. I have one paid app where the developer had a second update ready, but they had to wait 2 weeks for Apple to post their first update before the second could even be submitted.

    So it's not always the developer. Apple's wacked out submission process is largely to blame.
     
  7. diesel thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, i've noticed apple's process is bit fubar at the moment, but keep in mind developers of free apps abide by the same exact process yet they are pushing out updates at a seemingly faster and more frequent pace then developers of paid apps.
     
  8. krye macrumors 68000

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    Probably because free apps mostly come from people like you and me, enthusiasts, hobbyists, etc. They are the masters of their own ship, call the shots, and release software whenever they want. Because they can work on it whenever they want.

    Paid apps probably most likely come from companies, be them big or small. And are tied to schedules, corporate BS, resource and personnel issues, and the basic lack of good time management. Too busy working on their real "money makers" to worry about little things like small iPhone apps. For a lot of companies, like EA, Sony, they are probably not on the top of anyone's schedule. They probably have 2 guys in a corner cube somewhere working on iPhone stuff in between projects.
     
  9. firewood macrumors 604

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    Huge App Store backlog

    There are lots of paid apps that have been promptly updated by their developers, but you can't see or get these updates yet.

    Apple is behind several weeks in reviewing and uploading these updated apps to the App Store. Many, many developers are complaining.
     
  10. krye macrumors 68000

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    I think that people need to take it easy and realize that the whole iPhone App Store thing is an explosion in the tech industry. It's the hottest thing right now. Once a few months goes by and the novelty wears off, it will be smooth sailing.
     
  11. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

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    Couldn't it be possible that Apple has like one employee (or one team) reviewing the paid applications and another for free?

    And in that case, it's possible that Apple isn't so strict on the free applications (after all, Facebook and Palringo came out not working, but they're free...but MobileChat was halted cause it was paid).

    End of February (yes, that long ago), Electronista posted an article that free applications are not subject to the same rules as paid.

    This could be the reason for the super fast approval of free applications.
     

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