iOS 7 (multiple iPhones, flat 002)

Last month, we asked our readers if they would pay for iOS 7 app updates on apps they already owned. With all of the UI changes and new features Apple’s added in the software, developers are having to spend an enormous amount of time and resources to bring their apps up to speed.

Looking at the comments in that post, though, the answer was clearly a resounding “no.” In fact, a lot of readers claimed that they’d rather stay on iOS 6, than update to iOS 7 and have to repay for their favorite apps. Well, if this new survey is any indication, that may not be an option…

Craig Hockenberry, developer at Iconfactory (Twitterrific):

“Like many of my fellow developers, I am in the middle of an update of an app for iOS 7. As you’d expect, it’s a lot more work than previous versions of iOS. But results are stunning: both David Lanham and I have commented that our shipping version was “feeling old and clunky.”

While cranking along on the update, a couple of thoughts occurred to me: how many other developers were doing the same thing and were they going to commit fully to iOS 7? The depth and breadth of the changes in iOS 7 makes it difficult to support older versions of the OS.”

So Craig decided to ask his fellow developer these questions, and the numbers are rather interesting. Of the 575 valid responses he received, 545 developers said they were working on an iOS 7 update. And out of that group, 284 of them said their app updates were going to require iOS 7.

iOS_7 dev chart

Now, that number may seem high—and it probably is compared to iOS 5 and 6 updates—but looking at Craig’s comments above, it makes sense. If my two best options were to either hold off on iOS 7 and continue to support older versions of iOS, or vice versa, I’d probably pick the latter.

Why? Because iOS users tend to upgrade their firmware, and do so quickly. Apple estimates that some 94% of active users are on iOS 6 or later. And if we add that to the fact that beta installs are at an all-time high, I think it’s safe to say that a majority of users will be on iOS 7 come fall.

Of course, this is all good news for us as users. For one, it means that a lot of our favorite apps are going to be iOS 7-ready come launch time. And two, it sounds like developers are really working hard to overhaul their apps’ UIs to match the new software, and to utilize new iOS 7-only APIs.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    And so my beloved skeuomorphic apps will be gone. I love the new features in iOS7, but not the new GIU. The older GUI is more classy and makes more sense IMO.

  • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

    if i have to pay again ill think of switching

    • Piyush

      there can be same problem like ,latest android and windows phone update overhaul and developers wanted to pay you again than what will you do and only pay for the apps if you fill worth to pay.

  • s0me

    oh yeah? never had android devices before

  • JH

    IMO atleast Apple doesn’t demanded dollars for updating our iPhones!

  • Nope

    iOS 7 is sooooooo ugly. If there wasn’t jailbreak I’d actually switch. That’s how ugly it is.

    • Tardroid

      stop trolling tardroid.

  • MarcPhilippeB

    for an app that I use several times a day, I reckon it’s worth spending 1$ for a much more beautiful and modern design.

    • Elias Chao

      But what if you have 15-20 apps that you use ‘several times’, would you pay this $20?

      • MarcPhilippeB

        Yes, I would. Compared to the price of a new iPhone 700$ or a monthly mobile subscription 40-80$ /month that’s pretty little and at least for me totally worth it.

  • totempole90

    I think they’re trying to get a feel of what the consesus thinks and if they can get a away with it. They’re crazy if they think that I’m going to spend a single dime for an app I already purchased just because of a stupid iOS update. This is going to set a precedent if we allow this to happen. Next thing we know, we are gonna get charged everytime there’s an update.

    • PedroCst

      It was hypothetical, just quit it.

  • Adam Bowman

    For those who buy lots of apps, this could easily mean hundreds of dollars.

    • ɑղժɾҽա

      Only EA would do that.

  • Al

    I don’t mind repaying for an already own version of my app. All depends on how much work they will put into and how appealing will it look. Because I’m sure the developers are going to take a whole new approach, but then they will risk people looking for alternatives..

  • Eldaria

    Well, my iPhone 3GS won’t even be allowed to run iOS 7, my iPad will likely be able to though. So I will have two devices out of sync. But if developers expect me to pay to update their app to be compatible with iOS 7, then think again.
    If this is trye, I guess the App Store will see a massive increase in apps, as they will have to submmit a new app then, how else do they expect people to pay again, updates are free on app store as far as I know.

    My 3GS will not be updated, we will see if I update the iPad, depends really if I can Jailbreak it.
    For my phone, well when Apple had nothing new on the phone sideduring WWDC, I decided to replace my aging 3GS a few weeks ago with a Galaxy S4. Have not regretted it. But iPad is still king when it comes to Tablets.

    • Johnathan Jennings

      I respectfully disagree. I have used every new phone of 2013 and my iPhone 5 blows the rest out of the water. But my iPad however.. It sucks. All it is, is a big iPod touch. I’d rather have a surface pro than an iPad. I want my tablet to completely replace my computer, and the iPad just doesn’t even start to do that. In all honesty iPad is crap. The only reason it sells so well is because it’s made by Apple.


        u such an isheep

        sad really

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    It doesnt say they will be paid though. This article basically states the obvious. Whenever a new ios comes out, developers have to support it. If it said 52% were going to charge for their update, then that would change the conversation.

  • Carlos

    The few paid apps I have installed on my 4S work perfectly on iOS 7. I just hope they don’t suddenly claim their apps are “not compatible with iOS 7” just to make an extra buck.

  • diggitydang

    Tha App Store and all of my purchased apps are one of the biggest reasons I haven’t gone to Android… If I had to repay for my apps, I would probably give that robot a try.

    And the article’s first paragraph is a bit confusing – is this about paying for iOS7 app updates for apps we already purchased, or just about developers creating iOS7 only updates? Hmmmmm…

  • David Gregory

    iOS 7 is FUGLY and I will be keeping my devices on iOS 6 until Apple kills/fixes the love child of Windows 8 and bad Android skins (iOS 7).

    One can have a phone that does not run iOS or one can keep what one has. I’m not buying that ugly POS and do not want forced updates on apps.

    • Johannes Mertens

      Not gonna Happen. Im pretty sure ios 7 will be the fastest adopted ios of all Time. There are Many People – including me – who Actually like the Look. And 99% of naysayers will be gone After the Release.

    • Gorgonphone

      perfect;y said and dont see it changing infact i think ive will be aloud to make OSX ugly too

  • Gorgonphone

    yeah well 52% of developers can go to hell until the IOS7 jailbreak comes out

  • I hear Rasticrac calling loud and clear. Gonna crack all my apps as they currently stand so I can easily restore to them (via iPA Installer) incase the latest version look too fugly (like iOS 7) for my liking…haven’t got all day to repaint all 164 apps on my iPhone.