Transmit iOS made about $35k in revenue in the last year,
representing a minuscule fraction of our overall 2017 app revenue.
That’s not enough to cover even a half-time developer working on
the app. And the app needs full-time work — we’d love to be
adding all of the new protocols we added in Transmit 5, as well as
some dream features, but the low revenue would render that effort
a guaranteed money-loser. Also, paid upgrades are still a matter
of great debate and discomfort in the iOS universe, so the
normally logical idea of a paid “Transmit 2 for iOS” would be
unlikely to help. Finally, the new Files app in iOS 10 overlaps a
lot of file-management functionality Transmit provides, and feels
like a more natural place for that functionality. It all leads to
one hecka murky situation.
Was the use case for this app too edge-casey or advanced? Did we
overestimate the amount of file management people want to do on a
portable device? Should we have focused more on document viewing
capabilities? Maybe all of the above?
My optimistic take: we hope that as iOS matures, and more and more
pro users begin to seriously consider the iPad as a legitimate
part of their daily work routines, Transmit iOS can one day return
and triumph like it does on the Mac.