The price of beauty - will you pay for iOS 7 apps?

July 23
10:03 AM 2013

The largest update to hit the Apple world will happen in just a few months. According to tech experts, the software will be entirely rehashed - built from scratch complete with new features and a new GUI (graphical user interface).

Along with this major update, app developers face the challenge of restructuring their products themselves. The industry thrived after the release of the iPhone, but with the impending doom of the current operating system, startups might have to focus a little more of their assets - funds, tech, and people - up to speed.

Consumers might also be affected, since the most logical thing for these generally small businesses is to win back lost funds. The white elephant in the room remains: Should developers charge for the updates?

"The visual and interactive paradigms iOS 7 mark a natural breaking off point and a perfect opportunity to re-coup costs. Some existing paid apps might even adopt an iOS 7 only strategy which means they'll have no choice but to charge again," commented Twiterrific's Gedeon Maheaux.

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