Last weekend my father-in-law and I were discussing our smartphones – and he was telling me he purchased a $50 astronomy Apple iPhone app awhile back. I couldn't believe it – $50?! He then went on to tell me there are some apps that cost as much as $1,000!
I've actually never really seen apps priced more than $10 – so I thought it would be fun to do some investigating on iTunes and search out what are the more expensive iPhone apps that you can purchase there. The results were pretty astonishing.
Here's what I discovered. I'd love to hear if you've found any priced more than these!
- Ignition – by LogMeIn, Inc. – $129.99
You have to buy the special software with this one – but it gives you remote access to all your computers, files and applications. It'd better give you remote access to your garage door opener too for that price.
- LAMP Words For Life – $299.99
“A full English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the power of the PRC Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies”. If you understand what that means.
- BarMax CA – by BarMax LLC – $999.99
Created by Harvard Law School alumni, it's a “leading comprehensive California bar exam review course with the highest overall pass rates”. Or, so they say. Do they take it for you too?
- Argo – $349.99
No, this is not a special cut of the movie – but a specialty app for agronomists that helps them create and email field inspection reports.
- DDS GP Yes! – by Kick Your Apps, Inc. – $499.99
Designed for dental professionals to improve presentation of dental conditions and treatment to patients. I don't believe it takes X-rays.
- Crestron Mobile Pro – by Crestron Electronics, Inc. – $99.99
This one is actually pretty cool if you have the set-up for it. It allows you to control certain parts of your home: entertainment and environment systems from the app.
- G-Map U.S. West – by XROAD, INC. (West or East US Version)- $199.99
“G-map is the first voice-prompted turn-by-turn GPS navigation software available for iPhone and iPod Touch. No wireless connection needed to get you to the destination”. Perfect for the directionally challenged in your life.
- Water Globe – by Ubiquitous Muffin – $219.99
I know there are people out there who like their snow globes. But would you pay over $200 for a virtual one(s)?
- The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America – Official Cooking and Recipes Textbook – by Inkling Systems, Inc. – $49.99
I could actually see this one being pretty helpful if you are a chef as this book (app) is the “bible for all chefs”.
What's the most you ever paid for an app?
Wow! I hadn’t seen most of these apps before. I found this link in my inbox when I got to work at DISH today. Vocation specific apps, or apps with home control functions I understand having a high price tag, but a snow globe? Honestly, the best apps I ever found were free; like my DISH Anywhere app. It streams live and recorded TV programming to my phone. I love it because I can finally watch live Rockies baseball when I go fishing rather than listing to the game on the radio.
It’s funny how happy we are to shell out up to $500 bucks for a phone, then waffle over spending 99 cents on an app. I think almost all of mine are free apps. That snow globe app seems like a scam, though. $219? Maybe they are aiming it at kids who get a hold of their parents logged in phones and tablets and don’t realize they are spending over $200.