1. IPRick's Avatar
    I'm not looking for free handout..and I don't think I'm entitled to free stuff. However, with that said...I can easily shrug off a sub-standard app that costs $0.99. I have a much harder time shrugging off a 5 or 10 dollar app. I wouldn't mind these prices so much if I could try the app out first. Most of the apps available right now are not worth the advertised price, but its hard to figure that out without actually trying the app. You can only rely on reviews so much. I've seen apps I loved with pathetic reviews, and some I've hated with 5 star reviews. With these elevated prices...does anyone else wish they could try apps before buying?
    04-05-2010 03:50 PM
  2. ifarlow's Avatar
    Such is the way it is at the moment. As sales begin to settle on a certain price point, the prices might just come down, or free versions might just start cropping up, just like happened with the iPhone. Give it time... the iPad has been out for 48 hours.
    04-05-2010 04:13 PM
  3. ctt1wbw's Avatar
    All paid apps need a trial period, something like 3 days. After that, you have the option to keep it or erase. Yeah, shelling out money for some of these iPad apps can get expensive.
    04-06-2010 07:49 AM
  4. Wasgo's Avatar
    But it's no different than a lot of commercial software or video games. I'd love trial periods, but really don't expect them for games or apps on the iPad.
    04-06-2010 08:32 PM
  5. jhamilton3's Avatar
    I definitely would like the ability to get a refund within 1-3 times of using the app.. aka a trial period.

    The refund option is one of the few things I like about the Android Market.
    04-10-2010 03:36 PM
  6. ifarlow's Avatar
    You used to be able to get refunds from the AppStore. I'm not sure when it changed, or why, but apparently refunds are no longer available. Odd.
    04-10-2010 04:32 PM
  7. ifarlow's Avatar
    Well... after scouring the internet, I stand somewhat corrected. It is still possible to get a refund, but not very clear how to do so, and there is no guarantee that Apple will authorize a refund.

    Basically, within iTunes, go to your account and then your purchase history. Browse through your purchase history until you find the receipt with the purchase you are disputing. Drill down into the receipt, and then click on "Report A Problem." From there, click on the link "Report A Problem" next to the item you are reporting. Fill in the form and cross your fingers.

    I would not suggest abusing the process. As I said earlier, Apple doesn't make much mention of this process, refunds aren't guaranteed, and Apple could just decline all of your refund requests if they feel like it.
    04-10-2010 04:43 PM
  8. WhackAttack's Avatar
    It would be nice if it was free for say 24-72 hours then it required registration to continue, since you can do in App purchases now I think something like this would work. Maybe. Says the guy with no knowledge of programming. hhehe
    04-15-2010 08:02 PM
  9. ctt1wbw's Avatar
    I got a refund for the crappy Tom Tom iphone navigation program. It wasn't too hard.
    04-16-2010 06:50 AM
  10. appezzy's Avatar
    Most desktop software doesn't have any trial period, why should these apps?
    04-19-2010 08:42 PM
  11. Smileyface's Avatar
    Yes! Moreover, they are rather good. And trial period is not necessary
    05-01-2010 11:27 AM
  12. west3man's Avatar
    But it's no different than a lot of commercial software or video games. I'd love trial periods, but really don't expect them for games or apps on the iPad.
    Most desktop software doesn't have any trial period, why should these apps?
    I don't know what kind of apps you mean, but the online app store fistriution model could easily support the trial period option. Also, physical wares can be resold by an unsatisfied user, while app store games cannot. Console games can be rented before buying, while app store games cannot.

    And really, there are a number of other apps out there that let you try before you buy. Instead of asking why we should have a trial period, I think the better question is why we should not.
    05-18-2010 02:26 PM
  13. bergman's Avatar
    App trials worked well in the Palm and shareware worlds. survival of the fittest. I used hundreds of 7-30 day trials and bought quite a few.
    07-03-2010 10:12 AM
  14. adot777's Avatar
    trial period would be fine. but many developers think all of iPad users dont care about these little money...

    so ...
    07-10-2010 10:36 AM
  15. jerrydavid's Avatar
    It would be better if we can have a virtual try-on of any software gadgets.
    07-19-2010 04:05 AM
  16. doublebullout's Avatar
    The Android Market allows a refund within 24 hours, no questions asked. It would be great if the App Store had something similar. Even a 12 hour window would be wonderful.
    07-19-2010 10:56 PM
  17. lillian0520's Avatar
    people always will not buy after try, unless it is a very very good app.
    excatly ipad app is more expensive than iphone app~
    Many iphone app is 0.99,but ipad 2.99 or higher
    08-23-2010 10:47 PM
  18. crockett's Avatar
    people always will not buy after try, unless it is a very very good app.
    excatly ipad app is more expensive than iphone app~
    Many iphone app is 0.99,but ipad 2.99 or higher
    That sounds little bit like scamming, not letting people to try before buying
    08-24-2010 04:25 AM
  19. gilroykilroy's Avatar
    I kinda wish Apple had the same policy as over in "the other" camp where you have a 24 hour refund period. I do see where Apple is coming from though, not every desktop app as a "trial" version but a lot do.

    For my iOS apps, when they are ready, I plan on an ad supported demo version with mostly the same functionality, but less content, than the ad-less paid version. This is probably the best compromise for users and developers at this time.
    08-24-2010 10:12 AM
  20. jeryloves's Avatar
    good for you guys....apps
    09-01-2010 01:32 PM
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