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    Apple Announces In-App Purchases For Free iPhone Applications

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    Apple has just announced that it will now support in-app purchasing for free applications on the App Store. This is absolutely huge news for developers, and will likely lead to a fundamental shift in the way applications are marketed and priced. It’s hard to overstate just how much this will change the App Store.

    Up until now developers of premium applications have faced a major problem: they had no way to offer a feature-restricted version of an application for free that users could pay to unlock if they liked what they saw — a model that’s quite common on desktop software. This led to the creation of the so-called ‘Lite’ versions of applications, which generally offer a reduced featureset, but require users to download an entirely new application to access more features, which obviously isn’t ideal. Now, they won’t face this hurdle. They’ll be able to ditch the Lite version entirely, switch their currently premium app over to free (which will lead to more impulse downloads), and give users the chance to upgrade their featureset down the road.

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    now if they would implement a return policy I would be happy that the app store is moving in the right direction
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    Interesting news!

    neo - I'm with you on that one!

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    I can see a few changes this may bring.

    1. Verifiable purchases
    2. Not more "Lite Versions"
    3. It might speed up the approval process by eliminating duplicate Apps? (not sure tho)
    4. Could create Categories, making it easier for use to know what we are getting.
    a. Free
    b. Ad Sponsored
    c. Trial

    IDK? It's going to force some changes and I just hope it makes things better. The numbers of Apps just keep growing and growing.

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    Looks like "Boxcar" (iTunes Link) is the first to test out the new In App Purchase.



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    I'm really looking forward to this. So glad I have an iPhone.
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    Gizmodo thinks this may be a negative thing, read here
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    Quote Originally Posted by azstar View Post
    Gizmodo thinks this may be a negative thing, read here
    Great Read. thx

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    Here is another good read on the same topic offering a different perspective. News Papers and Magazine sales?

    Gadget Lab

    PS. When that new device is released "I'm all over it like white on rice"

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