Wow, I hadn’t updated my copy of LogMeIn Ignition for a little while on my iPad and I got round to doing so this afternoon. I knew there was an update with a cool new feature I wanted to try out – what I didn’t know was that the app now has a new name – it’s just Ignition – and a hefty new price tag.
When I bought the app it was iPad specific and it cost $29.99. Now it’s a universal app for iPad and iPhone and it goes for $129.99. That’s one heck of a huge increase. The app now lets you connect to an unlimited number of remote computers, and I honestly can’t recall whether that’s an improved feature or not. If that’s not new then it’s hard to think what justifies this big an increase in the app’s price. Making it universal certainly doesn’t.
The cool new feature in the latest update (to Version 3.1.1100) is that the app now supports bluetooth keyboards. It works well and is a feature I don’t remember seeing yet in any other remote access apps.
As always, I’m happy to see an update to an already stellar iPad app – but today I’m even happier to have bought this app when it was a $30 purchase. I’m not sure I’d feel enough of a need for it at $130.
What do you all think? How often do you use remote access apps on your iPad? What do you think of Ignition priced at $130?
UPDATE: The LogMeIn PR team has contacted me about this post and they asked that I clarify some things about the changes to their iPad and IOS apps. While the new name and price for the Ignition app is clear in the post above, they felt it would be helpful to point out there is also still a free version of LogMeIn available for iOS.
I’ve looked at their current App Store pages for their free and paid LogMeIn apps and honestly find the pricing and plans more than a little confusing – so I’ve asked LogMeIn PR to provide specific details on what’s on offer. Here their text on this:
In December 2011, LogMeIn introduced a new app in the iTunes store that makes remote access 100% free. It’s called “LogMeIn”. (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/logmein/id479229407?mt=8) Users can use the app on iPhone, iPads and iPod touches to access and control as many PCs and Macs as they like, no charge. All of these computers they want to control will be using our LogMeIn Free service. (https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/)
If in addition to remote access users want advanced features, including high definition video and audio streaming, file management and cloud storage integration, they can get that by subscribing to LogMeIn Pro (https://secure.logmein.com/products/pro/) on those computers that they want these advanced features.
Keep in mind that with both LogMeIn Free and Pro, users can access their computers from other computers as well as their iDevices. The older app, known as “Ignition” is still available and supported. If purchased, buyers get all the advanced features as a one-time purchase, rather than as a subscription.
So there you have it. For my final .02 on this, as I’ve mentioned to LogMeIn PR, while I think Ignition is a hugely impressive app I also think the App Store page for the free LogMeIn app is very confusing any likely not doing them any favors at all. The Top In-App Purchases list in the left sidebar has prices that do not seem to match up with text at the bottom of the main page, and I also don’t come away with any great understanding of how the LogMeIn Pro subscription compares to a purchase of the Ignition app.