Wednesday the two-man Tapbots team granted the wishes of many iPad owners who fell in love with Tweetbot on the iPhone – a native Tweetbot for the iPad. While I was originally expecting the iPhone app to become universal, Paul and Mark stayed true to form and created a brand new app made just for the iPad. I am sure glad they did.
Like all the rest of the apps in the Tapbots family, the magic is in the little details. Since this post is not a review be sure to read this review or this one. I bet your thinking “well if this isn’t a review…” It is more about supporting super talented gifted developers. Shortly after the new app was released there was some backlash about charging $2.99 for it.
Maybe I am different, but I did not hesitate to tap buy. I know the Tapbots duo will continue to refine the iPad app for the foreseeable future. Yes they are making good money selling their apps, but I firmly believe they actually love bringing a bit of craftsmanship to app development. So for me, paying another $3 for the iPad app was no question. It has a different look, in landscape and portrait, than the iPhone version. If an app developer just makes an HD version of an iPhone app that should be universal. I have also noticed that I am buying more $2+ apps that offer better quality, support and regular updates.
If you expect every app to be $0.99 or [worse] free, please return that smartphone or tablet you own. The platform would be better without you.
So to literally ‘put my money where my mouth is’ – I am offering to gift three copies of Tweetbot for iPad to commenters who share a time when they went over and beyond to support their favorite indie developer. Whether that involved a barrage of tweets, ‘nicely’ bullying their friends into buying a new app or something else to help the indie app do well. Please post your story in the comments.
I would also like to hear your views on universal versus individual apps. Are app developers justified to charge for completely new versions of their apps? Have users become accustom to getting apps and updates for cheap? Is making your mark in the app store with price versus quality a good thing?
Oh and now that we have native Tweetbot apps for the iPhone and iPad I am even more convinced that Tapbots could, almost needs to, make a kick ass Tweetbot for Mac and sync the three via iCloud. But then again, I am a little crazy with my wishful thinking.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is independent of Tapbots. They did not supply me with promo codes or any compensation for running this post. I will be paying for the apps out of pocket.