Spin it however you want, but ever since Apple started to allow app subscriptions, the price of apps has gone up. Some of my favorite apps are subscription-based and it doesn’t take much to see the future. The handwriting is on the wall and it’s app subscriptions.
With macOS Catalina, Apple’s new Catalyst system aims to bring popular iPad and iPhone apps to the Mac. So far, that has happened and I think hundreds to thousands more will show up soon, too.
Are you willing to pay for some snark on your Mac?
One of my favorite iPhone apps is the infamous Carrot. Open it up and you get some well-crafted snark about the weather, you, politics, whatever snark seems timely. It’s weather with attitude.
$4.99. Different tiers get you into the app subscription Premium Club and it doesn’t take long to hit $24.99.
But I like snark. So Carrot gets a place. On my iPhone. What about my Mac?
Now that macOS Catalina is out and Catalyst apps are beginning to roll down the pipeline there are more iOS apps showing up as macOS apps.
Carrot on the Mac? $14.99.
Yes, Carrot has been available on the Mac awhile and priced as if it is the only weather app available for Mac customers. Since it does exactly the same thing as Carrot for iPhone and iPad, then why the difference in price?
Oh, and pay more money to get more features?
I cannot be the only Apple customer who has a growing sense of distaste for app subscriptions and the steadily increasing price of applications.
Look, I want developers to make money. I pay for the apps I use. I even pay contributions to app developers who publish free apps (Pedometer++ because it also tracks steps while on an indoor exercise bike).
I can understand why Adobe charges more for Mac apps with Creative Cloud Suite than it charges for iPhone and iPad apps. Apple charges more for Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X because they offer vastly more capability on the Mac than lesser apps on iOS.
I love Carrot. I love a little snark. But Carrot on the Mac is Carrot on the iPhone but at three times the price. What’s wrong with that picture?