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Apple may soon allow for in-app paid upgrades

updated 06:35 pm EST, Thu March 4, 2010

Customers must quality for discounted prices

Apple may soon allow for in-app paid upgrades, as indicated by an iTunes dialog posted on Twitter by developer Fraser Speirs. The alert notifies customers that a certain discounted price is only available for users who own a previous version of the item. The dialog allegedly surfaced when Speirs attempted to update all of his apps.

Developers are currently limited to offering new content as in-app purchases, rather than upgrades. As paid apps continue to be updated with major revisions, the latest versions are available as free downloads for current users or paid downloads for new customers. There is currently no way to allow owners of previous versions to obtain an update at a discounted price.

Apple has yet to announce any changes to its policies regarding in-app purchases. Despite the interesting wording of the dialog box, it is still unclear if the company plans to make the system more flexible.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jamck1977

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Click 'OK' or click 'Buy'

    If it's legitimate, they should change the button or the wording...

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Multiple store accounts

    This happens if you have multiple store accounts in different countries and if you try to update an app while signed into the wrong store.

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