As you probably know, Mac apps that you bought previously can’t be updated through the Mac app store. This is causing a lot of hard feelings between loyal customers and developers. Here’s a proposal for how app store upgrades can be implemented, with Apple’s cooperation.
- Apple needs to allow an unlimited number of promo codes for the Mac app store. This is the only change Apple needs to make.
- Developers who wish to provide updates can set up a page or script where a customer enters their current serial number.
- With a current serial number, the developer can issue a promo code. If they wish, they can charge an upgrade fee for the promo code.
- The customer then uses the promo code to download the app from the Mac app store.
Voila! Everyone is happy. The customer gets a free or discounted upgrade from the Mac app store, and the developer gets another sale or download, which increases their ranking and allows the customer to rate their app.