Tweetbot for Mac teaser

Tweetbot users who have been waiting for an updated version of the app for iOS 7 can rejoice, as it has been submitted to Apple for approval.

In a blog post published yesterday on the company’s website, Tapbots explain they were taken by surprise by iOS 7, and that the app required more than a fresh coat of paint. The upcoming version of Tweetbot for iPhone will be a brand new app that has been reworked from the ground up.

Although the developers don’t mention anything about pricing in their blog post, it’s safe to assume the new version of Tweetbot for iPhone will be a new app, which means you’ll have to pay full price for it…

Note that it seems only Tweetbot for iPhone has been submitted for review. According to Tapbots developer Mark Jardine, they haven’t started work on the iPad version yet.

Seeing the popularity of Tweetbot and Apple’s average 5 day turnaround for app approvals, I wouldn’t be surprised if the app was available in the App Store on Monday.

Excited?

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Excited? No, not really. Separate iPhone and iPad apps, each with full price again? At least twitterrific had the decency to make it a universal app.

    • I have to agree that the fact it’s not a universal app makes it a little more painful for the wallet. But still, we’re talking pocket change here. It’s well worth it for an app I use every single day.

      • Rey Mata

        Well, counting the Tweetbot for Mac, I’ve spent about $27 for these apps and now possibly more? :-/

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Perhaps it is pocket change for you, not for me. I have to buy iTunes gift card at a higher price ($12-13 for the $10 card), add the currency exchange rate and iTunes sale tax (I finally figured a way to get rid of the tax) and don’t forget that the average income here is already lower than yours. It is easier to pirate here than going through all this trouble, which I refuse.
        P.S I live in Iraq.

      • Tobey

        how did you remove the iTunes sale tax? I’m with the same boat as you, buying iTunes GC for a higher price then gets taxed.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Change your address to a state with no digital sale taxes. I chose Alaska.

      • Tobey

        will try it. will it work on any itunes account? i just have to change the billing address? not the country/region? I have a US account.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        I changed my US account’s address and it worked.

    • RubberDuckZilla

      Best comment I’ve read lately. This is a great point. Yet I appreciate Tweetbot so much I’ll complain and pay for both apps again. 🙁

  • SKR Imaging

    I see no issues with the current tweetbot.. Have it on iphone and ipad ios 7..

    • John

      Exactly, even through the betas…there was no problem.

  • lolametro

    But if they make a new app, they only have limited Twitter tokens, I thought?

    • queen_ir3ne

      Exactly!

    • David Fabian

      Perhaps they’re just trying to milk the last possible dollar before 3rd party twitter apps are squeezed out of existence? I’m curious to see if Tapbots will be transparent about this issue. It would also be nice if Twitter reversed course on that policy.

  • Leonard Wong

    Separate app and paid full again is not cool…
    If universal,I will still go for it

  • mhchehade

    Im deleting tweetbot app if i cannot upgrade it for free!

    • on3simpleclick

      Your part of the problem..

    • John

      Hey mister anonymous…
      At what point should a developer offer something for free compared to something the developer SHOULD make people pay for?

      Does your current version of Tweetbot work on iOS 7?
      Yes.
      Does the new version of Tweetbot offer anything more?
      Don’t know.

      So, at what point does a Developer work for free?
      Bug fixes…sure, fix them for nothing, but why should a developer NOT be paid for updating their App.

      Would you work for free?
      Why is it in this day of age, people like you demand people like Tapbots work their arses off for little/no reward for a smart arse whinger like you who isn’t willing to part with the price of around a couple of cups of coffee…?

      PS: Also don’t forget the 70/30 split that is STILL in effect.

    • RarestName

      Why? You can still continue using the one that you’ve already paid for.

    • RubberDuckZilla

      Prepair to delete my friend. Tapbot isn’t handing out freebies.

  • Kinda weak to have to pay for the app again. I guess we can thank Apple for causing such an extreme change in the SDK that they had to redo it ground up.

    • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

      apple offered us iOS 7 for free so why cant devs do the same

      • on3simpleclick

        Because devs aren’t a multibillion dollar company…

    • John

      Tell me something.
      At what point should a developer offer something for free compared to something the developer SHOULD make people pay for?

      Does your current version of Tweetbot work on iOS 7?
      Yes.
      Does the new version of Tweetbot offer anything more?
      Don’t know.

      So, at what point does a Developer work for free?
      Bug fixes…sure, fix them for nothing, but why should a developer NOT be paid for updating their App.

      Would you work for free?
      Why is it in this day of age, people like you demand people like Tapbots work their arses off for little/no reward for a smart arse whinger like you who isn’t willing to part with the price of around a couple of cups of coffee…?

      PS: Also don’t forget the 70/30 split that is STILL in effect.

  • Gerardo Castro

    Itd be nice to have something than can check whether or not you paid for the previous version and email those users with a promo code to download Tweetbot 7. Thatd be cool

    • Mohammed Sahib

      Easy. A message in the original app with the promo code, may be? But that would defeat the purpose of not releasing it as an update to their current app.

      • Sean Clark

        Not easy. Developers are allowed 50 promotional codes for an app, save for special circumstances like Starbucks promotionals. Easiest way to provide a free upgrade would be to just update the original Tweetbot. It’s easier now than ever since the app store now supports legacy apps for old iOS versions.

        If the goal wasn’t to charge old customers for an upgrade, there’d be no point in a new app.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Thank you. I forgot the promo limit.

      • John

        100 promo codes, but your point is still very much valid.

  • Ismail ‘marco’ Azeem

    WTF? if im to pay again bye bye tweetbot!

    • on3simpleclick

      lol, no one cares

    • on3simpleclick

      Good luck with that!

    • John

      Seriously?
      Don’t you just sound like a spoilt brat.

      I want you to work for 3-4 months for nothing. Okay?
      No pay and long hours, let’s see how you like it.

  • rosssimpson

    I’m pretty hyped to see what it looks like and if I like it, I’ll buy it, the old tweetbot UI is nice, but now with the big update on their hands and the re-vamped ios 7 app-style, it was inevitable that they would charge if they’ve had people working on it. People need to remember these people don’t work for free! 🙂

  • Combi

    And why did they close the comments on their blog? = _ = They know the ****storm that awaits if it’s an – pay to update –

  • Time to say bye bye Tweetbot, I don’t think it’s worth to pay for an update.

  • the new twitter app is not that bad anyways, so yeah goodbye tweetbot (not unless they change their mind of asking us to pay again just for an update).

    • John

      Yeah, why shouldn’t developers work for free.
      I totally agree man, why should I have to pay $5 for an App update KNOWING that the developer will only get about $3.5 since they spent the last few months on the App.

      Damn them for that.

  • queen_ir3ne

    I’m sick of Tapbots at time! If they want to charge again for Tweetbot, they should at least make it universal! Update their other apps that they just abandoned. I don’t even really use Tweetbot for iPhone as much as the iPad version, so this submission is useless to me. Think I’m boycotting Tweetbot.

    • John

      So, you don’t care that much BUT YOU CARE ENOUGH to post.
      How does that even make sense.

      Good. Go away then.
      I have someone that wants to use your token anyway.

      • queen_ir3ne

        Seriously, shut the hell up. I care for a damn universal app, and not this separate crap. Now you go the hell away

      • John

        Shut up. No, you shut up. No, you shut up.
        I know you are but what am I.

        If you’re going to sit there and bitch like a spoilt 5yo, then you can sit there and deal with the criticism that comes with it, okay princess?

        You would LIKE a universal App, you don’t NEED a universal App. There’s a difference my dear and why should I shut up when I have a valid point whereas all you want to do is throw your toys around the room because you want the most current thing right now.

      • Julian Gigola

        dude! seriously, cut the crap!

      • John

        Seriously, what crap is that dude?

      • chris125

        How much is tapbots paying you to post the same thing 50 times? We get it people should pay, but do you really need to copy and paste the same spiel to every comment?

      • John

        What’s a “tapbot”?

        I typed this fifty times, really? You must be able to count better then I can mister because I can’t see fifty entries.

        Wanna try counting again and come back to me, just to show there’s no hard feelings I’ll even lend you my fingers and toes if that helps any.

      • chris125

        Tapbot is the name of the company… I mean it only says it in the article….my point still stands about you copying and pasting the same thing on just about every comment

      • John

        So it’s gone from “fifty times” and “every comment” to “just about every comment”…

        Walk away, compose yourself, THINK about what you want to say then come back and say it but don’t backflip over your words if you have no clue what you’re talking about…so until then, thanks for the vote down kid but take your crayons and go back to the kids table.

      • chris125

        Ooh we got an internet badass over here. I know what i said and said it, just because you danced around it, my point still stands you cry and copy paste the same thing every time you comment. But hey when you’re on Talbot’s teet it all makes sense. Boohoo people should pay, booboo let me act like I’m such a superior being I can make references to crayons and kids tables. You’re so original john anything else you would like to try and say? Your comments make me laugh.

      • John

        Glad I can provide you with mild entertainment coward, don’t see how I was crying and copying and pasting…but whatever you kid.

        I’m glad you know what you said, want a gold star for that or something? I don’t know what’s your point?

      • chris125

        Maybe you should read your comments since you tried to be an internet badass saying I should know what I said to which I replied I know what I said. I run and play, “coward” is more fitting for you.. Kid

      • John

        How could I possibly be a coward when I show my name, my Twitter page and my photo……coming from someone who hides behind a blank profile, it’s a bit rich.

      • Deden Stansah

        how much you paid by tapbots?

      • John

        How much I paid?
        How much you paid for your Engrish class?

        Learn to read, but thanks for joining up just to ask a question that’s already been answered.

  • Carlos

    Hell no! I’m tired of having to buy their apps. I have an iPad and since their apps are not cross platform, I’ll have to buy that one as well. On top of the expensive Mac app? Forget it! The regular iOS 6 version works fine.

  • onebyone_

    aaaand what about whatsapp? looks too old and doesn’t run good on iOS7. c’mon devs, do something!

    • John

      On this (slightly off-topic reply), I have sent them three lots of feedback and no rely….so don’t hold your breathe, perhaps someone like @seb481:disqus could ask them for an official response?

  • tman612

    Tweetbot is the one app that I wish was avaliable for Android. Since they will never do that, charge seperatley for iPad and iPhone versions, and will charge for this new version, I’m done. It’s a good app and it was a nice run – but as far as I’m concered I’ve already paid for the app. On my Mac, my iPhone and my iPad. I’m not buying it again.

    • John

      Yeah, I agree!
      Why should I pay for Windows 98 and then have to pay for the updated Windows Vista AND THEN have to pay for Windows 8.

      How dare they not allow me to upgrade for free…even though they had to work on it, and they have families to feed, and computers to pay for and other stuff and cuz like $5 is heaps of money.

  • alfonso hall

    I wish tweetlogix had native push notifications. One of the most full featured twitter apps. I guess I will be back to using it in conjunction with boxcar for notifications. I enjoyed tweetbot while it lasted, if I have to pay for it again

  • amenocal

    Ok! Now that sucks! Tweetbot is a GREAT app!! But why make us pay AGAIN for the same app we already payed for? Just for new design? Really dissapointed with TapBots…

  • Mustang5Oh

    I got tired of their lack of updates so I switched to Twitterific 5 and couldn’t be happier.

  • Koobecaf Koob

    Twitter app, I ain’t pay anything for any update.

    • John

      Yup. Sound like the sort of person who “ain’t” paid for any Apps in their life.

      • leart za jmi

        instead of taking care for others, better to descrive your self what kind of “person” you are

  • n4nd4

    i will only pay for it if they finally add Mentions

  • leart za jmi

    I will not pay again, they can make new app every update, is in their interest

  • Obsidian71

    I would give Tapbots my life savings and so should you. The are awesome.

  • Prasoon Singh

    I can’t wait! I’m a huge fan of Tweebot!

  • on3simpleclick

    I’ve been a Tweetbot user for years, & I would be happy to pay for an update. Tweetbot is one of, if not the most used app on my iPhone. This isn’t just a simple reskin, they already said that was the easy way out. Tapbots has completely rebuilt Tweetbot from the ground up. This update warrant’s a release as a new app, because it is practically a whole new app.

  • on3simpleclick

    I’m kind of disgusted that people just ‘expect’ for an app developer to release all updates for free. They aren’t ‘required’ to by contract. These people spends months upon months sitting in front of their computer making these apps, releasing bug fixes, etc. They need money to continue to produce great apps, & Tweetbot is one of the greatest. A few dollars is hardly a ripoff & for the price of a coffee, you get a completely updated app & your supporting the devs. Sheesh, people these days are so cheap.

    • John

      May I add to this?

      It’s not just money they need to make new Apps but money they need to live. Remember for every App purchased, Apple ONLY gives the developer 70% of the ticketed price so a $5 App really scores the Devs about the cost of a cup of joe ($3.50ish) so can you imagine how many copies they would have to sell…Can you imagine what would happen if Ford or Crysler allowed people to update to a new model of car every year for nothing…wouldn’t they go broke quickly?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Your analogy with Ford and Crysler is a bit off as this is hardware where as an app is software. In my honest opinion I don’t see anything wrong with developers charging for updates as long as it’s more than just a fresh coat of paint and they continue to maintain older apps at least fixing bugs…

      • John

        Yeah, alright… I agree hardware v software, but the basis is still there, I guess people really shouldn’t expect everything for free all of the time.

        It’s like Reeder 2, I refuse to pay for that until additional features have been provided in the App (irrespective of the fact it’s now a universal App) JUST because they have added a few extra ways to bypass Google Reeder and made it look a little more like iOS 7.

  • John

    *rolls eyes*

    Seriously, I would have expected the community of iDB had more intelligence then this…okay, let’s try another way: You walk into a car dealership and say “I want to buy that one there!”, the person helping you out says “That’s the 2013 v6 model. Very nice decision” AND THEN that same car company six weeks later releases a v7 model…yes, you’d be annoyed you didn’t wait but then when you think about it, you will always be waiting for evolving technology and then you realise companies don’t always have to admit/acknowledge when new products are being released AND THEN you remember there are humans that work at Tapbots who eat, who travel, who sleep, who buy coffee, who shit, who get sick and who have to live as well AND THEN you realise our post on a little website shows just how silly you can be.

    (PS: If you loose that much sleep over this, go contact Apple and ask for a refund citing you wish to purchase the new version when it comes out…has worked for me BUT I had to buy the new version first)

  • Tobey

    well, I hope its push notif works! The original twitter app is not working

  • 909iphonewiz

    Not cool paid apps should be free updates we shouldn’t have to buy the app twice I mean at least a discounted price (highly discounted) for people who have already purchased the app

  • leart za jmi

    Dont pay, they can drop even this new app and make a new one again… after a few month…

  •  Rich 

    Yes devs only get 70% of the profit. They still make a shit load of money. I could understand paying for the app again, if they had to support their own servers. I just learned about using thr twitter api, and all the information that is displayed in tweetbot, is pulled from twitters servers. At this point making your users pay a second time, is just greed. Not much lf obj c code has changed between ios6 to ios7. And i’m sure they use storyboards, so its drag and drop the ui items.