App Store Bundles Gain Support for Mac Apps and Free Apps With Subscriptions

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Apple today announced expanded features for App Store bundles, introducing support for both Mac apps and free apps with subscriptions for the first time.

Mac app developers are now able to create bundles of up to 10 apps, allowing customers to purchase multiple Mac apps at once at a discounted price.

Bundles like these have long been available through the iOS app store for purchasing multiple games or apps at one time, but until today, Mac App Store developers were not able to create similar bundles.

Apple is also now allowing app developers to set up bundles that include free apps with auto-renewable subscriptions, letting users purchase an app bundle and access multiple apps at one subscription price.

For free apps with subscriptions, each app in the bundle must have an approved auto-renewable subscription. If a user subscribes in one app, they must be able to access all other apps in the bundle at no additional cost. Learn about offering subscriptions across multiple apps.

Mac App Store developers have long wanted the ability to create app bundles, and the introduction of the feature follows the launch of the revamped macOS Mojave Mac App Store that makes it easier for customers to find and download new Mac apps.

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26 months ago
Phil Schiller taking over leadership over the App Stores has really started to turn things around.
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26 months ago
I can already hear the applause from all the patient developers. Sounds like a great improvement.
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26 months ago
Office.
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26 months ago
These are some good improvements. I would also like them to add a policy that requires developers to include in the app description exactly what you get for free and what you have to pay for when downloading these subscription apps. Every "free" app does it different, whether it's offering no functionality without paying, limited functionality with option to subscribe for full functionality, or full functionality with option to subscribe for unneeded but sometimes useful "extras." If they don't tell you what it offers in the description, you never know until you download the app and figure it out, and then it's stuck in your purchase history forever.
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26 months ago

I welcome AAA apps coming to the MAS. It allows for a much cleaner install and uninstall compared to different 3rd party solutions. Adobe CC for example installs crap all over the place. While I have no need to ever uninstall it, if I did I would have to clean install macOS to make sure every single dependent file is gone. I just don’t know if the MAS offers the adequate security that Adobe and Autodesk rely on.

CC installs an insane amount of bloatware. I found lots of those background tasks randomly using 100% CPU at times. I got fed up and went back to CS6, deleting the various bloatware that comes with that and cracking it even though I have a license.

Would be great if the MAS could replace that junk.
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26 months ago
I welcome AAA apps coming to the MAS. It allows for a much cleaner install and uninstall compared to different 3rd party solutions. Adobe CC for example installs crap all over the place. While I have no need to ever uninstall it, if I did I would have to clean install macOS to make sure every single dependent file is gone. I just don’t know if the MAS offers the adequate security that Adobe and Autodesk rely on.

For example, with CC 2019, Adobe finally laid down the hammer on piracy for the first time in decades. Pirates are in shambles and were totally caught by surprise! Microsoft on the other hand never cared much about piracy since they know it does wonders for their market share and eventually kids will buy licenses when they’re out of school. They also know that those in the 3rd world simply can not afford 1st world prices.

I used to pirate a lot of stuff when I was a broke teen but after graduating I stopped completely. My views are more lenient when it comes to students but after you start making money, you really have no excuse to not pay for software.
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