I got this reply from Eric Bobbitt on the official Ionic Blog
I’ll quote it here:
When reviewing the pricing page
I noticed that the free tier says FREE but also APPS IN DEVELOPMENT
Would that not mean that my apps cannot be published on the App Stores using that plan then? (I had this problem when publishing an app using Firebase’s free tier, the app store rejected it because the free tier is for Development only)
I recall that you guys said before there was any talk about pricing, that one of your missions is to start charging money when we start to make money (I can’t remember the exact words), but if I have to 39$ a month even before I have made any money then would that not be the opposite of that statement?
Don’t get me wrong, I love Ionic and am grateful for the opportunities I got because of Ionic, but this has really bothered me for a while and stopped me from really embracing the service and recommending it.
And the answer I got:
Good point, that’s a little bit confusing. So to clarify, you can absolutely publish your app to the app stores using our free plan. As your app grows in popularity, you can upgrade your plan to support the continued growth of the services you utilize most.