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Update or create new app?

stackpoolestackpoole Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaPosts: 473Member, PRO

Hey guys, I have an old app fro which I have created a great new update. Thousands of people have downloaded it but very few recently. The question is, which is better for more downloads? I've search around and couldn't find a discussion.

Updating an app or making a new app?

Thanks for your help. It will help me make a decision :)

Sydney Swans 2014!!


  • Thunder_ChildThunder_Child Posts: 2,343Member

    I always get a boost of downloads with a new app...then tapers. An update is really only going to provide an update to previous installs I don't believe it puts you into any "recent" categories in the AppStore.

  • WbokoWboko Tennessee, USAPosts: 621Member, PRO

    UPDATE and build a NEW APP!!!

    And here is why I say this....

    Updates are more like your “Reputation” as an indie developer and it also acts as a huge PR boost. We do not have any access to push notification right? Wrong, well sort of; every time you provide an update the customer that has your app will be alerted that they is something cool and new with your app and will be asked if they want to download the update. If the customer thinks your app was really cool (where your Reputation comes in) they will download the update and try and figure out what you did to make it where they want to play it again.

    I think the key to adding an update is to provide it before they get bored with the current version. For my simple game of “Wboko Odyssey” I figured one to two months I really need to do an update. I just sent an update to Apple last night for review where I added a whole new UFO level.

    Now, to build a new game, Yes, once you have an update out you should swing into gear and start that really cool next game so when the customer figures out how cool your apps are (Reputation again) they will want to get your new stuff too. The key here is as you build apps always keep in mind that you will be wanting to update, so use the note attribute, tables, and other things to help when you come back to this app to provide your update.

    And always have fun and enjoy the build!

    Good Luck!


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