Some Unfortunate News
Jan 25th, 2017
Posted by William
We are very sorry to announce that we will be halting development of the iOS Tonic Tutor app for the foreseeable future. We have had an update with Lasers ready to go since early December. However, Apple refused to accept the update until we added subscriptions into the app. I was happy to do so, and spent the last month working diligently on adding them in. Unfortunately, due to the limitations in how they've implemented subscriptions, it's impossible to add them into the app in a way that would make sense to users. I've been trying to work with them over the past few weeks, but there's no workaround.
I plan to leave the app up in the app store for the time being, though that may change at a later date. You and your students will still be able to download it from the app store, but it will not be updated with new games. I was aware of this risk before I started working on the app, I'd heard the horror stories -- that's why I submitted it early without all of the games, to make sure it would actually be accepted by Apple before I spent hundreds of hours that would be wasted.
I'm sincerely sorry that the app will be left unfinished. I'm trying to focus on the positives, but in this situation, there isn't a whole bunch of positive to focus on. The app is still good for doing tasks on the teacher side of things, but it's pretty much useless for students without all of the games.
If Apple ever updates their subscription platform to allow the control we need to implement subscriptions, I will resume working on the app. Until then, we're left with a half finished product. A very sorry state of affairs.
If you feel frustrated, I encourage you to email Apple. It's possible hearing from end users will help motivate them to change their subscriptions to give developers the control they need.
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