Matt just sent out an email to Ionic Cloud / apps.ionic.io users. You probably all got, one needs an account to post in the forum here, but I still quote it so we can talk about it here:
A few weeks ago we posted a blog post talking about upcoming changes to the Ionic Cloud suite of services. To sum it up, we will be releasing a revamp of Ionic Cloud soon to be introduced as Ionic Pro. This new update will bring a powerful new git-based development process to Ionic developers that works closely with new and improved versions of our Live Update Service, Native Binary Packaging, Ionic View App, (a brand new feature) Runtime Error Reporting, and more. We can’t wait to show you our vision for how apps should be built, shared, and deployed.
As we roll out our new Ionic Pro developer experience in the coming weeks and months, we’ll be making several important changes to Cloud. These changes may cause disruption to your workflow so please read the following carefully.
New Plans & Pricing
Ionic’s long term success and stability relies on building a strong commercial layer on top of our open source products. In order to do so, we have made the tough decision to no longer offer free versions of our Ionic Package, Deploy, and Push services.
Of course, Ionic Framework is, and will always be, 100% MIT open source and free to use. We’re also introducing a new Community tier that allows anyone to try out the Pro dashboard and share app versions with View (more on that below).
Pricing for Ionic Pro will start at $49/mo for our Developer tier and will support unlimited apps. Teams and organizations can benefit from additional collaboration features, along with other premium services, by moving up to the Team plan for $169/ mo per team member with annual billing.
Existing Cloud customers will be grandfathered into the Ionic Pro Developer tier with their current pricing and billing.
Access to existing Cloud services
Access to the legacy Ionic Cloud dashboard and API services will be available to existing Cloud users until January 31, 2018.
If you’re on the free version of Cloud, you’ll still be able to use the existing Cloud services during this period. Starting 2018, you would need to upgrade to a Pro plan to continue using them.
We’ve spent a lot of time turning Ionic View into the best testing solution for mobile in the market. In order to continue to invest in the product, we are making a few important changes to Ionic View.
The latest version of Ionic View will feature public and private sharing. Sharing private apps to testers, clients, and other users will require an Ionic Pro account. Public apps, like those featured on the Ionic Market and developers that are okay sharing their app with the community, can be created and shared for free.
Apps uploaded using ionic upload will not be available in the app and will have to move to the new git-based deployment system to use Ionic View.
Along with this, our new View app will have more native plugins, improved sharing features (deeplinking, tester accounts, etc.), as well as deeper integration into the new Ionic developer workflow.
With the changes to Ionic View, we are excited to roll out a totally new app we think you’ll love: the Ionic DevApp. The DevApp will dramatically reduce the effort required to test apps on a real device. Instead of configuring native SDKs and dependencies, just install the DevApp, run ionic serve, and the app automatically discovers and loads the app (as long as it’s on the same wifi network).
The DevApp is our attempt to separate the features developers need to quickly and easily test apps on a real device from those intended to make sharing and testing easy that the new Ionic View excels at.
The Ionic DevApp will be totally free to use for all Ionic developers.
As of January 31, 2018, we will no longer provide the Ionic Auth user authentication service. We understand there’s been some frustration about this, and Max posted some comments on his recent blogpost that explain our thinking here. In short, we don’t see a future for Auth in the Ionic services suite, and there are plenty of alternatives out there that we think will be better for our users in the long run.
We’re working to migrate Ionic Push to the new Ionic Pro experience, but for a time following Ionic Pro’s release, Push will only be accessible through the legacy dashboard and API. We are working on a new upgrade to Push that will make it more scalable and easier to use across mobile and web.
Our Ionic Deploy system will use a new concept called Environments to manage your deployments. This will use our new git workflow, ionic upload will no longer function for deploys.
A new Deploy native plugin will also be released that will remove the need to program anything manually in your app to use the service.
If you’re on an Ionic Pro Team plan, Ionic Creator will now come with your subscription. It will also continue to be offered as a standalone product.
Ionic Creator now supports Ionic Framework 3+ through the export feature, and we are working on a major upgrade to Creator to make it even easier to build fully-featured apps.
From all of us at Ionic, we thank you for your continued support. We have been working hard this year taking all of the lessons learned over the last few years to build a platform that we feel adds unique and much needed value to the Ionic developer experience.
We are confident you’ll find that Ionic Pro enables you and your organization to build, test, and deploy apps faster than ever before possible, all while making it easy to work with the 3rd party services you choose.
We understand changes like this can frustrating and disruptive. If you have a major concern or wish to speak with us, please send me an email at email@example.com.