There’s a new version of the popular Twitter iPhone client Tweetie coming soon. Instead of updating the old Tweetie program, the developer atebits has opted to create a newly named Tweetie 2 which will be sold as a separate program complete with a separate $2.99 fee. That’s totally within the developer’s rights to price their current and future releases in any manner that they like. I don’t dispute that. However does this pricing usher in a new era of abandonware for the iPhone. Where original apps aren’t updated but instead are left for dead while the new 2.0 (or 3.x, 4,x, etc) are sold for full price to existing users. This is one of the first times that we’ve seen the issue of a major iPhone App upgrade not being free. Patrick over at Justanotheriphoneblog has capture my thoughts perfectly – especially the part about “utter BS”. Yes on the surface it’s only $3 – until you think about it. I have well over 50 apps on my iPhone. Am I soon going to be hit up for $3 a piece to upgrade? If so, how many times per year will I be forced to upgrade? Patrick’s post raises some interesting questions. I suggest you read more at the link below.