Apple Subscriptions

Subscription offerings now available to App Store developers

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Ignácio R. CorreiaHunter@igcorreia · Project Manager
Auto-renewable subscriptions give users access to content or services from within your app on an ongoing basis. At the end of each subscription duration, the subscription will automatically renew until a user chooses to cancel it. Auto-renewable subscriptions provide a simple way to offer free trials to users. When users sign up for a subscription with a free trial, their subscription begins immediately but they won’t be billed until the free trial period is over. How long a free trial can be depends on the duration of the subscription offering. For example, a one-month subscription cannot offer a free trial of longer than one month. For more info visit: https://developer.apple.com/app-...
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Karim Mneimneh@kmnei · Co-founder @99check
I'm confused. What's new about this?
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Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@kmnei subscription offerings now available to app store developers
Andreas Pizsa@andreaspizsa
@bentossell I'm still confused. I've built subscription based iOS apps - billed through the App Store - two years ago. What has changed?
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Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@andreaspizsa check out the verge article linked in my other comment. I don't know full details and you prob know more than me as its in your field!
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gubarev@gubarev · Indie developer
@andreaspizsa Previously it was available only to a few categories of apps. Now you can make a subscription-based app in any category, be it a game or anything else.
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Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
You can see coverage of this announcement on The Verge Apple's new subscription offerings are now available to App Store developers h/t @laurengoode
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Veer Obhan@turboxide_ · High School Computer Science Student
Well now this is gonna suck. All the game developers will start taking subscriptions instead of one time buy. Which will make the prices of everything go astronomically high.
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Anthony Rossbach@anthonyrossbach · CEO of NodeHost
@turboxide_ It will have the opposite effect, you can do this before for some types of apps, but now the Apple cut is WAY less, actual 50% less so developers will make more from this.
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H.Murchison@hmurchison
Subscriptions are ideal when you have a suite of apps or services that are prohibitively expensive. Consumers can rationalize a monthly expense if they gain access to products without a heavy outlay in money. We subscribe to Office 365 and I'm totally cool with it. Subscriptions aren't magic though. Utilities are poor examples and apps that are mature and have little room for continual feature improvements