Tweetbot has long been one of the best third-party Twitter applications around for the iPhone and Mac, and today sees the launch of the latest variation for iOS: Tweetbot 6, which converts the app into a paid membership service rather of the single-time purchase that was previously provided.
The new app makes the modification to Twitter’s new API that the company introduced last summer, enabling some long-missing functions in the premium Twitter app like Twitter cards and polls. That change does feature some trade-offs, though, consisting of the elimination of user-selected choices for URL reducing, image uploads, and video uploads.
The complimentary version of the app provides some fundamental functionality in allowing users to see Twitter– but you’ll have to pay for more significant functions, consisting of the ability to send out or reply to tweets, along with assistance for numerous accounts, push alerts, and “advanced filtering.”
Existing users may find the update to be a bit aggravating, provided that Tweetbot 5 had actually previously been a single-time purchase for $4.99 per year), the brand-new app marks a cost increase no matter how you look at things, while using just a handful of brand-new features to make up the distinction. Tapbots will quickly stop selling Tweetbot 5 on the App Store (designer Paul Haddad says Apple made that a requirement to approve the brand-new variation), so brand-new users quickly will not have the option to buy the out-of-date older variation for a single-time payment.
Tapbots does keep in mind on its site that the brand-new variation of Tweetbot 6 is an “early access” variation of the app, with “many new features on our roadmap to be developed in addition to new API’s to embrace as Twitter makes them offered,” so it’s possible that the new app will get more performance in time that may alleviate the bitter tablet of the pricer membership change.
The business likewise has yet to reveal any upgrade strategies for the Mac variation of Tweetbot, which currently uses the older Twitter API and still costs $9. Including an updated macOS variation of Tweetbot in that monthly or yearly membership could also help add worth to the brand-new membership, a method that other apps like Fantastical have utilized in their own jumps from paid apps to ongoing subscriptions.