The newest version of iOS will soon be upon us, and the array of benefits and new features it will bring are plentiful. In fact, the change is so dramatic that several developers of your favorite apps are considering using the launch of iOS 7 as an opportunity to relaunch new versions of their own apps and re-charge for them. Gedeon Maheux, co-founder of the Iconfactory, recently posed the following to the developer community,
We decided this was worth sharing with you guys and posing the question to you... would you be willing to repay for a newly revamped version of your favorite apps just because iOS 7 changes things up so much?I’m sure many users are expecting developers of popular applications to simply update interface elements, compile some code and easily drop a brand spanking new version of their app onto the App Store for free. There’s little doubt that the majority of iOS 7 updates to existing apps will be free (which will please Apple), but I suspect there will be a surprising number of developers who will use the launch of the new operating system to completely re-boot their app, and why not? The visual and interactive paradigms iOS 7 mark a natural breaking off point and a perfect opportunity to re-coup costs. Some existing paid apps might even adopt an iOS 7 only strategy which means they’ll have no choice but to charge again.
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