iPad Merriam Webster Dictionary update forces users to pay again

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Perene, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Perene, Dec 21, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016

    Perene macrumors 6502

    Perene

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    It's funny how things are now, in a few years I wonder what these companies will do to get our money...

    I purchased this app months go:
    https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/merriam-webster-dictionary/id438477986?mt=8

    And I updated for the last version minutes ago. They said "the HD version of the Merriam-Webster App is no longer being supported. Please download the Universal version available for all your iOS devices".

    Then I checked the app (now with a gray icon), and it's displaying a forced banner (it can be dismissed, but it will return everytime you open it again) that urge owners to delete it and redownload a free version of the app, that can be converted to a paid one without any ads.

    In other words this company has just sent an update that effectively forces you to pay again to continue to use their app (I only paid to get rid of the ads). Totally unethical. Since I am not a fool, I had a backup with all the .IPA files from the apps I purchased and downloaded for free, and I opened iTunes and added the 3.6.1 version (prior to this one) to my iPAD again.

    After syncing, I am seeing now that my countermeasure worked: the 3.6.2 update is available to be downloaded again from Apple-Store. Unfortunately I'll have to skip it everytime.

    This is unethical because they know very well there are no changes that could be made to justify asking users for money AGAIN, so they do this sort of stunt and think everyone will be OK with that. I am even seeing here they offer users to pay 1.99 to get rid of ads for 1 year.

    Really? It's not about the money, I think everyone here would agree to pay for this sort of app again sometime. The app is well done, that is besides the point. What I don't condone is this attitude, I think this shouldn't even be allowed to be done in App-Store.
     
  2. Perene thread starter macrumors 6502

    Perene

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    At least now they had the decency to remove this update from the Apple-Store. Now I don't have to worry about updating the app accidentally.
     

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