We saw something like this coming, so we did a bit of preparation.
There are two obvious main topics in the room:
1st: Do you need both an Apilio and IFTTT Pro subscription?
This is something most users would not be happy with, so we aim to enable everyone to use Apilio without needing an IFTTT pro subscription. The features of the Pro subscription are not necessary to integrate with Apilio, but of course the limitation of 3 custom applets is an issue.
To make Apilio easier to use and offer more power to our users, we implemented features for timing (including sunset/sunrise) and aim to add more native capabilities (like weather information for instance) going forward. One side effect of this is that it cuts down the number of required IFTTT applets.
Furthermore, the limitation to 3 IFTTT applets is only for custom created ones. A free user still can activate IFTTT applet templates unlimited. We will increase the number of templates we provide on our service page to cover the most popular integration pairs. These are not only easy to activate, they also don’t count towards your 3-applets-limit.
2nd: Is there still a need for the features Apilio provides?
That’s a question our customers will ultimately have to answer. We believe there is, because Apilio does some things differently (and hopefully also better) and there are still many home automation scenarios that can only be implemented with Apilio. Apart from that, there is also quite a price gap between the two services.