Unread 1.9.13: iOS 13, iPadOS 13, Dark Mode

Unread 1.9.13 is now available, adding support for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

Dark Mode Support

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 add a dark mode. Unread now has two different theme settings when running on the new operating systems: one for light mode and one for dark mode. The default theme for dark mode is Black. On an existing Unread installation, the default theme for light mode will be the previously set theme — even if that theme is not particularly dark.

The menu presenting theme options now categorizes themes into light themes and dark themes when running on the new operating systems. Unread will suggest light themes for light mode and dark themes for dark mode, but you can select any theme for either mode.

All themes are now available before making the in-app purchase.

Other Changes

  • Selecting “Copy” in the share sheet for an article now copies only a link to the article. It does not include an article summary in the copied text. The “Copy Link” action has been removed from the share sheet.
  • This update fixes bugs around the share sheet and around in-app purchases that customers beta testing iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 may have encountered.

My primary focus recently has been Unread 2, but in the meantime it feels good to deliver dark mode support with the release of iOS 13. If you buy Unread now, you will get the first year of Unread 2 at no additional cost. You can download Unread now in the App Store.

Unread 1.9.12

Unread 1.9.12 is now available with these improvements:

  • Fixes a bug that could cause some articles to display extraneous whitespace.
  • Fixes a bug that caused duplicate images on articles from interestingengineering.com.
  • Uses feedbin.com instead of feedbin.me for API requests to Feedbin.
  • Adds compatibility improvements for iOS 13.
  • Adds an Unlock Purchase Status section to the bottom of the About screen. This shows when you purchased the Unlock.
  • Checks the Unread Web Service looking for announcements once a day. If you wish to disable this, you can turn off Show App News in the Advanced section of the Settings screen.

The last two bullet items are intended to help prepare customers for Unread 2, a major new version that I expect to release within the next few months.

Business Model and Pricing for Unread 2

I have been hard at work on Unread 2 for well over a year now. I am excited about the new capabilities in this new version and look forward to sharing them when the time comes. I expect to release Unread 2 within the next few months.

I am not ready to announce new capabilities of Unread 2 yet, but I do want to prepare customers for the change in pricing and business model. Like the current shipping version, Unread 2 will be free to download and to try with some functional limits. After trying the app customers will be able to unlock the full version by purchasing a $19.99/year (USD) subscription.

First year discounts will be available for customers who recently purchased Unread 1. I do not yet know the specifics, but I can promise that anyone who purchased Unread 1 on or after June 1, 2019, will be eligible to get the first year of Unread 2 for free. Offers of a discounted or free first year for recent purchasers of Unread 1 will be in place for 90 days after Unread 2 is released. The most recent update to Unread 1, version 1.9.12, allows you to check the date at which you purchased the unlock. Simply navigate to the About screen and scroll down to the Unlock Purchase Status section.

I believe this business model change is necessary in order to provide a solid foundation for Unread’s future development. In addition this will allow me to release new functionality as soon as it is ready. Unread 2 includes capabilities that I wanted to ship over a year ago. I could have done so if I had a good way to be paid for that work. This business model change will provide that flexibility.

Unread 2 will ship as a new app in the App Store. That will allow customers who purchased Unread 1 and choose not to upgrade to continue using the app they bought.

Unread 1.9.11

Unread 1.9.11 is now available with these improvements:

  • Fixes a bug that could cause footnote references to appear in article summaries displayed in the article list.
  • Fixes a bug that could cause the interface to lock up briefly while refreshing your account.
  • Fixes a bug that could cause the top of the home screen to use more space than it should under some circumstances.
  • Fixes a crash that could occur when caching images under some circumstances.

This update is also compiled with a newer version of Xcode (10.2) against the iOS 12.2 SDK with Swift 5.