With iOS 7 taking such a visually dramatic turn, it’s inevitable many apps are going to get a thorough redesign, from the ground up. We’ve already seen some examples of this, but the one which managed to garner some attention late last week was Realmac Software with their newest iteration of Clear.
Alongside the release of iOS 7, Realmac software is making an update to Clear, turning the once only iPhone-capable app into a universal app, for iOS devices across the board, most notably bringing it to the iPad. However, since the App Store doesn’t allow upgrade pricing on apps, Realmac decided to take the less traveled route and turn the updated Clear into an entirely new download, and ergo purchase.
The feedback from designers, developers, and even more so average users across the board was stunning, in the worst of ways. While this is a different discussion for a different time, it blows me away how many people don’t realize that there is no set-in-stone way for developers to offer future upgrades within the App Store ecosystem. This leaves developers in a sticky situation if they decide to redesign their application from the ground up and want to compensate their time appropriately. Because despite some recent thoughts spelled out on Medium, no one wants to work for free for an extended period of time.
But, I digress. The newest version of Clear, going live in the App Store tomorrow will be universal at launch and will initially be offered at an introductory launch price of $2.99, with it bumping up to the normal price of $4.99 at the end of the designated discount time-frame.
For those of us with a conglomeration of lists in our current Clear for iPhone app, so long as you’re synced up with iCloud, the transition to Clear for iOS7 will be seamless, automatically syncing your lists once iCloud syncing is enabled in Clear for iOS7.
As is to be expected with the coming universal app, Clear on the iPad offers a few unique, iPad-only features which will be greatly appreciated. And while I haven’t been able to get my hands on the beta yet, I’ve seen a quick demo video of said iPad features and it’ll certainly be hailed in with well-earned praise. The first worth noting is a feature called “List Peek” which allows you to take a quick look at lists other than the one you’re currently viewing by using the pull-down gesture with two fingers. The second is one which makes great use of the screen real-estate, allowing you to easily move tasks between lists by long-holding a certain task then dragging to the designated list you’re moving the task to.
However, just because the iPad received some new features in the update, Realmac made sure to not leave the iPhone version in the dust, adding some tweaked typography and extra content within the list view, keeping the name of the list an an iOS7-style translucent titlebar. It keeps things in context and allows for easier navigating when on-the-fly.
Once Clear for iOS7 goes live in the App Store tomorrow, I’ll be getting my hands on it and doing a review, set to go live Friday, complete with my ever-growing collection of original photographs. In the meantime, start backing up your iPhone so you’re prepared for iOS7 tomorrow, if you’re not already running it. If you are running it, be prepared for a barrage of incoming app updates, some barely tweaked, some dramatic. Also, be prepared for a barrage of “WTH?!” tweets from unknowing teenagers upgrading to iOS7, because it’s inevitable.
Head on over to Realmac’s website to keep up with them, or if you prefer social media, you can reach out to them on Twitter. Reach out to them, support the great work they’ve done so far, and support their future endeavors by giving Clear for iOS7 a download when it goes live in the App Store.
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