★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Charging For App Updates

02-16-2011, 02:56 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 32
Charging For App Updates


Sorry wonderful people for disturbing your day but I just had to ask this question. All appstore updates are for free I have never heard or seen an update that requires payment. I'm not talking about IAP just if a company released a new update for their game and it has to be payed for. Unless the game was originally free, guess I just answered my own question but I'll post this anyway for other people's thought's and opinion's.

02-16-2011, 02:58 AM
Doctor of Game of the Week-ology
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
Posts: 7,681
Unless the update is to add IAP.

02-16-2011, 11:22 AM
They could release the new version as a separate app if they want to charge for it.
02-16-2011, 12:21 PM
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 316
I used to think that because it would always say "free" for an update. But after 4.2.1 it now says "update". So I would guess they can't.

Last edited by n8equalsd; 02-16-2011 at 10:42 PM.
02-16-2011, 10:05 PM
A developer could charge less for a sequel to the origimal fans of a game by allowing the sequel to be purchased through an IAP for less cost than buying the sequel otherwise would be. Cannot say ive ever heard of such a thing though
02-16-2011, 10:14 PM
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: alea iacta est
Posts: 1,368
Every update must be free. However, a developer could release an update that does nothing more than add IAP. The update would be free to download, but not free to play.
02-17-2011, 09:42 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 2,375
Send a message via AIM to SkyMuffin Send a message via Yahoo to SkyMuffin
I've never seen an app that charged you to update...and I've had 1200+ apps in my library.

i'm a pretty kitty cat
02-17-2011, 12:04 PM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 7
I'm not sure the ability to charge for updates exists?

As a developer, I think you're choices are:
- release an update for free
- release a new version of the product as a separate app
- introduce IAP

Can't see anything wrong with this system. I would be VERY reluctant to pay for an update that simply solved a couple of bugs. For significant content upgrades (where the dev wants to charge), IAP offers that function without alienating any of your userbase.