Setapp subscription service now includes iOS apps

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in General Discussion edited August 2020
Previously only available for the Mac, Setapp is now offering a monthly subscription that includes access to paid apps on iPhone and iPad.

Setapp adds iOS apps to its subscription collection
Setapp adds iOS apps to its subscription collection


Having launched back in 2017 with just 61 apps, Setapp is a continually growing subscription service which gives users access to paid-for apps for one monthly fee. Currently hosting around 190 Mac apps, the service has now added its first iOS ones.

"The addition of iOS apps to Setapp has been one of the most popular requests since we launched," said Oleksandr Kosovan, Setapp CEO and founder. "We're excited to provide the option to use their favorite apps wherever they go on their mobile devices."

This addition to Setapp is launching with eight iOS titles, each of which is first accessed through the Mac app. On launching Setapp on a Mac, the catalog now contains an Available on iOS section.

At launch, the major titles in the eight are the Ulysses writing app, and MindNode mind-mapping tool. It also includes Taskheat and 2Do task managers, the Paste clipboard manager, PDF Search, and SQLPro Studio.

These are all also Mac apps, so selecting any of them takes you to a page where you can install Mac, iOS or both. The first time you choose an iOS app, you are taken through adding a new device to your account.

The new
The new "Available on iOS" section of Setapp


Since you're accessing Setapp through a Mac then, even though there is a free trial for macOS, it counts as your first device. To add an iPhone, iPad, or both, you have to buy an extra licence for each machine you want to add.

Setapp costs $9.99 per month and you can add one iOS device for $4.99 per month. There are also Setapp for Teams and Setapp for Family price options.

Once you have an iOS device registered to your Setapp account, each eligible app's page on the Mac Setapp app contains a pair of QR codes. The first downloads the app from the App Store to your iOS device, then the second unlocks it.





Setapp really becomes worthwhile when two or three of its apps are ones that you need. However, it's also useful because of how the single price gives you access to apps that you may only use very rarely. If the app is on Setapp, you can install it, use it and then remove it as you need.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Is this not roughly the same thing Microsoft wants to do with games?
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    So if I have an iPad and an iPhone, I need to pay for each of them?
  • Reply 3 of 7
    Is this not roughly the same thing Microsoft wants to do with games?
    Microsoft didn't want to submit the games for App Store review, whereas all the apps in Setapp are reviewed. What that really means is that Microsoft wanted to sell the apps through the App Store without having to go through the difficulty and expense of actually making iOS/iPad OS versions.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    BeatsBeats Posts: 2,527member
    Imagine all the app availability across Apple devices when Mac Apple Silicon hits.

    Is this not roughly the same thing Microsoft wants to do with games?
    Microsoft didn't want to submit the games for App Store review, whereas all the apps in Setapp are reviewed. What that really means is that Microsoft wanted to sell the apps through the App Store without having to go through the difficulty and expense of actually making iOS/iPad OS versions.

    Yup. Microsoft wanted special treatment.
  • Reply 5 of 7
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,756member
    The good news is this eliminates the commercial anti-competitive argument and drops non-approval squarely on technical grounds.  If Setapp uses partial enrolment MDM for deployment I’m unsure where that leaves the Kaspersky allegations.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,391member
    Is this not roughly the same thing Microsoft wants to do with games?
    Not at all. Microsoft's service is a streaming game service.

    Setapp is not a streaming service in any way, shape, or form.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    chasmchasm Posts: 2,391member

    Rayz2016 said:
    So if I have an iPad and an iPhone, I need to pay for each of them?
    Setapp's site and the article don't actually directly address what the deal is if you are iOS/iPadOS only. Without a firm statement from the company, the website infers that the first license is $10/month ($9/month if you pay annually) and additional licenses -- Mac or iOS -- are $5/month, up to a limit of four devices (they have Family and Team pricing for people who need more licenses).
    watto_cobra
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