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Or perhaps they may sub contract you to expand
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On 21/11/18 6:55 pm, Jean-Philippe
Ashley and Kosta,
oh wow! What's the matter with Apple?
Flick types needs money for further developments, including
multilanguage support. I know it concerns only few of us on this
list, but That could make the application expand a great deal.
BTW, have you ever thought of proposing Apple to buy Flick type?
They don't have a very good native predictive keyboard do they?
I have no idea if it would be a good deal for you, it's just a
in any case, $20 seems like a reasonable price.
all the best,
Le 21/11/2018 à 03:12, FlickType a écrit :
Thank you all for the support and
We will reach out to them once more through the regular App
Review channel to try and get this update through and see what
happens. We will also reach out to the contacts you suggested.
If you have more ideas or suggestions please keep them coming,
we really appreciate all your input. I have spoken with Sarah
Herrlinger in the past, but that was many years ago, so if
someone knows her well enough to make an intro it could go a
long way - please let us know at hello@....
If and when we switch to a one-off purchase model, we will make
sure all current subscriptions remain valid throughout the
current billing cycle, be it monthly or yearly. This does assume
that Apple will be ok with maintaining the subscription for
existing users, but not offering it to new users.
Finally, for anyone curious, here's our latest response to the
App Review Team. Be aware that it's a few paragraphs long, and
it might not make for the most exciting reading:
Dear App Review Team,
We are writing in response to the most recent rejection of our
assistive technology app "FlickType Keyboard", as communicated
to us through the Resolution Center. We would like to note that
we have previously received a rejection notice relating to the
same 3.1.2 guideline. That rejection was eventually reversed
after communicating with the review team, and while we don't
have the transcripts of the phone calls, we'd like to include
one of our previous written responses to provide some more
context on the matter for your consideration:
While we understand that not all uses of auto-renewing
subscriptions are appropriate, here are a few reasons why we
believe our app is utilizing the service in an appropriate way:
- Section 3.1.2 of the App Store Review Guidelines states: "Apps
may offer auto-renewing in-app purchase subscriptions,
regardless of category on the App Store." It also goes on to
state that "you must provide ongoing value to the customer" and
that "examples of appropriate subscriptions include: [...], apps
that offer consistent, substantive updates;". We hope that our
track record on the App Store demonstrates that we are
constantly and meaningfully increasing our app's value for our
users, existing and new users alike.
- The target audience of this app is extremely small, consisting
of iOS users who are completely blind or have severe visual
impairments. To make up for the few potential users, products in
the assistive technology industry are usually priced
dramatically higher than their mainstream counterparts, further
limiting the potential number of users and locking the entire
industry into a vicious circle. Being able to offer our
technology for just $1 a month has allowed a significant number
of users to meaningfully improve their daily lives, users who
would otherwise have not tried the app had they seen a higher,
one-time purchase pricing model.
- A non-renewing monthly subscription, as previously suggested,
would put an unnecessary extra burden on users who want to
maintain their subscription, and are used to the automatic
renewing subscription mechanism from almost every other
subscription app. Our assistive app is also not something that
is seasonal or only provides value for a short time, but is
instead a critical component of their entire device given that a
keyboard is used inside most other apps. Additionally, a
non-renewing subscription potentially coupled with a one-time
purchase option suffers from significantly increased development
complexity, as well as the perception of a higher priced product
that often prevents people from even proceeding to try something
- Drawing from our decade-long experience in assistive
technology, we believe that low-priced renewing subscriptions
are a vital ingredient for the success and growth of the
industry in the future.
Ultimately, we understand that there are, and always will be,
edge cases in judging the appropriateness of auto-renewing
subscriptions. We are also aware that the App Review process
itself is not always perfect and we've happily communicated
through the Resolution Center multiple times in the past. We
think our current business model serves our users well, and we
sincerely hope you reconsider your decision so that we can
continue to develop and innovate on the iOS platform for years
to come. If your decision on the appropriateness of
auto-renewing subscriptions in our case is indeed final, we
kindly ask that we are given until our very next submission to
implement a change in our business model so that we can have
time to determine the right price for a Non-Consumable In-App
Purchase, without delaying the release of the latest features to
our users in the meantime.
Thank you for your consideration, and we are always happy to
provide more information if needed.
Kosta & Ashley Eleftheriou