Darkroom is the latest app to move to a subscription model. It affects new users only, and current users won’t lose their premium features they paid for.
For new users, Darkroom will cost $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. And there is still a one-time purchase option at $49.99. Darkroom hopes that a switch to a subscription business model will increase its revenue and thus expand development of the app.
Subscriptions are annoying, but I don’t blame developers so much as Apple. This is exactly what they wanted because it means more money for them. I don’t Apple will ever add upgrade pricing to the App Store. That doesn’t benefit them. Subscriptions are part of Apple’s new Services business, whether the apps are Apple’s own or not.
Andrew Orr and Charlotte Henry join host Kelly Guimont to discuss cancelling Apple Arcade subscriptions, and Apple’s new holiday ad.
iOS developers get detailed subscription notifications that would let them send customers notifications with billing issues.
Yesterday during Apple’s earnings call one of the announcements was about iPhone financing. Apple Card customers can get 24-month financing.
Charlotte Henry and John Martellaro join host Kelly Guimont to discuss managing subscriptions on macOS, and the future of paid vs free users.
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A service called DoNotPay can manage your free trials. Sign up using its digital credit card number and you won’t be charged when the trial ends.
The Free Trial Card is a virtual credit card you can use to sign up for free trials of any service anonymously, instead of using your real credit card. When the free trial period ends, the card automatically declines to be charged, thus ending your free trial. You don’t have to remember to cancel anything. If you want, the app will also send an actual legal notice of cancellation to the service.
I’m interested to try this out. Currently I use a service called Privacy, which lets me generate virtual cards that I can lock to a certain merchant or money amount. The story by Wired is about free trials, but the app description sounds like it can do more, calling itself a “robot lawyer.”
The potentail for confusion in the macOS iTunes to Apple Music app transition in Catalina is great. Here are the facts.
The Roku Channel is adding premium subscriptions to its streaming video service. The update adds support for over 25 subscriptions.
I recently started using Chronicle for bill reminders and I’m glad I found it. The app gives you a calendar view, along with a list of bills that you enter. Name the bill, add a category, amount, and due date, and forget about it. Plus, Chronicle syncs with the available Mac version via iCloud, so you can view and pay your bills everywhere. In addition to reminding you to pay your bills, Chronicle keeps track of all your payment history, including confirmation numbers, so you always have proof of payments. New to Chronicle is the Pro version. Available as an in-app purchase, Chronicle Pro gives you access to all new features of Chronicle as they are updated. Chronicle Pro is US$3.99/year and gives you features like Amount to Save, Intelligent Estimated Amount Due, and Forecast View. App Store: Free (Offers In-App Purchases)
There are a couple of different ways to get to your iOS app subscriptions. One is the manual way, and the other is a redirect link.
Apple’s services business in Q1 2018 hit paid subscriptions hit 240 million for 58% year-over-year growth.
Coinciding with the release of a new version of the Ulysses app, users will need to pay US$4.99 per month or $39.99 per year to use the software.
The popular journaling app Day One just announced it’s moving to a subscription model. Here’s a look at what this growing trend in subscription software means for the Mac.
Dr. Mac’s been testing Setapp, a new subscription service from MacPaw with access to more than 60 Mac apps for $9.99 a month. It’s an ambitious undertaking by MacPaw, but the good doctor thinks they’ve done a masterful job…