Apps sold as single purchases are back, but with steep prices

Remember when the App Store was a universe of genius and cheap apps? Then, circa 2015, came the subscription era. Now, I’ve noticed a kind of return to the origins, only with prices… not so cheap.

Let’s take the newly released Simple Scan for iOS, which exposes a very cool native iOS feature — document scanning — which, by default, is slightly hidden in Files and Notes apps.

Simple Scan is sold via subscription (USD 4.99/year) or in a single purchase of USD 19.99. The only difference from the past is that, now, perpetual licenses are called “lifetime”.

Some apps that I rely on and that have adhered to this business model:

And there are many other examples out there.

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