There's no doubt the introduction of iOS 7 will be a huge opportunity for developers to get their apps in front of new users. And current users will expect their favorite apps to be updated in-line with the dramatically different, new OS, or else apps will quickly be deleted. This means developers will need to put time, energy and money into updating their apps for iOS 7.
Since Apple does not support paid upgrades on the iOS App Store, and redesigning apps for a new OS costs money, Maheux suggests that developers are faced with the opportunity to charge users once more for their albeit redesigned, ready-for-iOS 7 apps, instead of offering them as free updates. However, the question then arises: are users willing to re-purchase apps for iOS 7?
Maheu's post is well worth reading as he delves into the implications of the matter, but we thought it would be pertinent to ask our readers the above question. Before you answer the poll below, take a moment to scroll through your apps and consider how many paid apps you use and rely on on a daily basis.
|I'm not willing at all. If I've bought an app once, I expect all future iterations to be covered in that purchase.||3091 (41.5%)|
|I would consider repurchasing, but only if the app is dramatically overhauled and has new features that take advantage of iOS 7.||3867 (51.9%)|
|I would repurchase, even if it's just an aesthetic update that brings the app in-line with the design of iOS 7.||141 (1.9%)|
|I would definitely repurchase. I know developers work really hard and apps don't grow on trees. I'm always willing to pay for the work that goes in to the apps I love.||356 (4.8%)|