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  • # August 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Just a question, I had a guy to do an Iphone app, now he tells me, as he is finishing that the codes has changed, and wants to charge me another $700 dollars. How true is that? I always think as a coder, you must code so that past versions do not come fully obsolete. Please let me know how true that may be.

    Thanks,

    # August 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I suppose the developer doesn’t have to code for past versions etc, there is no written law, however it’s just good practice and is what makes a good developer better from the rest. Was there any final contract you signed that can stop you from paying this charge such as a final list of requirements. Or was this just a random project?

    # August 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

    This guy is writing the app from scratch. It has taken him about two months to finish it, but now that is almost finished (he has to test it, and we bought a developer account with Apple), now he says that Apple changed the codex, therefore he must charge more to make sure it works fully. We gave him a list of requirements, which did not change, and we only pay him half for the app, once he finishes he gets the rest, but now he wants more to finish it. How does that sound?

    Thanks,

    # August 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

    It depends on your contract. If you agreed that it would work under a certain version of the IOS then that’s all he is required to do.

    Look at it this way.

    You app works with IOS x.0 and he finishes the work and you sign off.

    If he delivers the app fully functional is IOS x.0 he’s fulfilled the contract.

    The next day, Apple releases IOS x.5 and your app no longer works….is that the developers fault?

    Nope, you would have to pay someone to re-do the app.

    If you didn’t anticipate Apple releasing a new IOS and didn’t build it into your agreement…that’s your problem.

    # August 20, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Paulie, you are right. We ask of him to get the app working with Iphone, we did not say to make sure it works with future Iphones, we did not say that in the contract. Usually when I code a website, I do not sign off a website that will work with IE14 (which does not exist yet). BUT I code valid code so that in theory it should work to the best of our abilities.

    We began the project about 2 months ago, there is not new Iphone yet, so in theory it should work in every Iphone for today. Right?

    The question though, did something change from two months ago to today that requires us to pay him more to roll it out? Or is he BS-ing us?

    Thanks,

    # August 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Those are the questions you should be asking him.

    It’s not a question of a new device, it’s a new operating system. If a new OS has rolled out and your previous version doesn’t work then it will have to be updated.

    # August 20, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Ok, has the OS changed? Is there a new one? So far, what i know is that there will be a new OS with the new Iphone no? In the two months did something get updated drastically?

    # August 20, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Again, these are questions you should be putting to your developer or just look it up on google.

    I did: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_version_history

    # August 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    One quick question. The Iphone app access the RSS website in WordPress. Does the developer for the App says he needs developer access to the website, is that needed?

    # August 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    If he says he does, why do you not believe him?

    # August 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I’m with where Paulie is going with this. It sounds like the much bigger problem isn’t a contract issue; it’s a trust issue. If you don’t trust what the developer is saying, this is going to go sour very quickly and can’t end good. So far I’m not reading anything shady in what you are describing, but then again there is only so much that can be conveyed on a message board. If this person gives you any reasonable doubt as to their integrity or if they are taking you for a ride, I would quickly work to validate those fears and either get over it (assuming you find nothing wrong with their work or intent), or find another developer. You can’t succeed without having communication and trust between the team of people working on a project.

    # August 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    He changed the price out of the blue moon, he quoted us certain amount, then changed his mind close to the end. This is why I am a bit concerned.

    Thanks,

    # August 20, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I’d be pissed off if a developer slapped me with a $700 tax at the end of a project. To be honest, it doesn’t sound particularly good to me, but I have no idea how the project has gone thus far, what the contract looks like (if there even is one) and what the developer’s new constraints are.

    # August 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    TheDoc, it was $700, you were right!

    # August 21, 2012 at 4:35 am

    If I was the developer, I would deliver what you asked me to…the app in the IOS version you asked for and slap my invoice on the table and demand payment.

    If you don’t pay me for delivering EXACTLY what you asked for then I ‘d sue.

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