The 13 most ridiculously expensive iPad & iPhone apps

A lot of iOS apps are free, and many more cost less than a pint. But in this article we look at the opposite end of the scale: the incredibly expensive apps. Here are the 13 most expensive apps we've managed to find on Apple's App Store.

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After opening in 2008, Apple's App Store now boasts arguably* the largest collection of apps in the world, currently standing at just over 1.2 million, with a large percentage of them being free.

See also: 7 of the most insanely expensive in-app purchases for iPad & iPhone

Yet despite the huge amount of cut-price and free competition, some developers continue to sell surprisingly expensive apps, pushing right up against the £699.99 limit Apple set on on how much apps can be sold for.

One of Apple's most notoriously expensive apps was the now infamous 'I am Rich' app. The application was removed after one day on sale after it was deduced that 'I am Rich' held no purpose other than to function as a status symbol for the buyer. The sole function of the app once activated was to show the user a large glowing gem. In its short lifespan on the app store, 'I am Rich' was downloaded only 8 times, one of which was apparently accidental.

These days, expensive apps are largely designed with an exclusive or niche target audience in mind - often designed for professionals in a given area. That being said, there are still some incredibly expensive gaming apps available that seem to offer little more than their free competitors.

This list compiles some of the most expensive and unique apps on the market, ranging from £69.99 all the way up to a staggering £699.99. All screenshots are taken from the App Store - we didn't crack open the Macworld wallet to buy any of them.

* Google might have something to say about this. Google Play and the App Store have been close for a while now.

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After opening in 2008, Apple's App Store now boasts arguably* the largest collection of apps in the world, currently standing at just over 1.2 million, with a large percentage of them being free.

See also: 7 of the most insanely expensive in-app purchases for iPad & iPhone

Yet despite the huge amount of cut-price and free competition, some developers continue to sell surprisingly expensive apps, pushing right up against the £699.99 limit Apple set on on how much apps can be sold for.

One of Apple's most notoriously expensive apps was the now infamous 'I am Rich' app. The application was removed after one day on sale after it was deduced that 'I am Rich' held no purpose other than to function as a status symbol for the buyer. The sole function of the app once activated was to show the user a large glowing gem. In its short lifespan on the app store, 'I am Rich' was downloaded only 8 times, one of which was apparently accidental.

These days, expensive apps are largely designed with an exclusive or niche target audience in mind - often designed for professionals in a given area. That being said, there are still some incredibly expensive gaming apps available that seem to offer little more than their free competitors.

This list compiles some of the most expensive and unique apps on the market, ranging from £69.99 all the way up to a staggering £699.99. All screenshots are taken from the App Store - we didn't crack open the Macworld wallet to buy any of them.

* Google might have something to say about this. Google Play and the App Store have been close for a while now.

 

MPiStutter: £69.99

This app is aimed at a small spectrum of people, analysing the user's vocal activity to provide therapy to those with a stutter. It trains users to speak fluently and at a normal rate.

It's specifically designed for those whom are already receiving treatment from a speech therapist with a desire to transfer these new skills into an environment outside of the speech clinic. The app does therefore not replace speech therapists but provides a useful stepping-stone for patients working to be stutter-free.

 

Crestron Mobile Pro G: £69.99

For homeowners wanting to channel James Bond, their wish is Crestron Mobile Pro G's command. The app allows users to sync all electronic devices in their home at once, meaning they can easily manipulate music, lighting and climate and security devices all from one place. The mobile element of the application means that such activities can all be carried out without needing to be in the same room, keeping the user connected to their home and office systems whilst they're on the go.

 

Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine: £139.99

This interactive textbook of internal medicine is a resource aimed at doctors and healthcare professionals. The app provides the user with all the information the physical textbook holds whilst also possessing extra resources including videos, diagrams and a search engine. The videos feature doctors, physicians and medical experts offering their insight on certain conditions, giving the user an alternative perspective and broadening their knowledge of a subject. It reduces the need for heavy books taking up space in a doctor's office.

 

Water Globe: £174.99

This water globe app grabs attention for all the wrong reasons. Despite the fact that there are multiple free apps available on the App Store offering the same application (and being able to purchase an actual, physical snow globe for much cheaper), the water globe is priced at an alarming £174.99.

The features aimed to tempt users into parting with their cash include being able to churn up snowflakes using your finger and shaking and tilting the screen to make the flakes swirl around the digital character. As a bonus, the globe can also be left running as a screen saver. Quite a quirky app to possess, but definitely nowhere near worth its extortionate price tag.

 

Perfect Penalty 2012: £199.99

Perfect Penalty is one of the most expensive gaming apps on the app store and comes from Adveeva, the company who produced a similar football game app, 'Barcelona vs. Madrid', also priced at £199.99.

The game is marketed as having "the most realistic graphics and simulation" but judging by the minimal reviews on the app store, Perfect Penalty isn't worth the price Adveeva are charging, especially when other games, such as FIFA 14, are available on the App Store for free.

 

MobileCamViewer Enterprise Basic: £249.99

MobileCamViewer allows business users to watch and control security and surveillance cameras live via the use of a mobile phone. The app provides a dashboard style interface, allowing the user to monitor their security with ease and only requiring the push of a button. The app claims to reduce the time spent by businesses making trips between work and home and thus also claims that it helps reduce spending costs.

Also available is an app made by the same company but aimed at consumers. It is available for free on the App Store.

 

Tap Menu: £299.99

Retailing at £299.99 on the app store, Tap Menu is a picture-based app targeted at restaurants, hotels and other businesses. The app allows them to produce their own menu with visual aids to complement their food and products. Customers can then use iPads provided by the company to browse through food photos before deciding what to order.

The idea of using iPads in restaurants has increased with popularity in recent years, with many being used to take orders as well as acting as a menu. TouchBistro’s app offers much of what Tap Menu does but is available from the App Store for free.

Interestingly, there appears to be a Chinese version of the app (Google translates its name into 'Taste menu'), which is even more costly at £399.99.

 

iDIA - Diagnostic Imaging Atlas, Small Animal: £299.99

For veterinarians, explaining specific details about client's pets can be difficult, often requiring the use of books or diagrams to fully convey the condition to the owner. iDIA has removed the need for trawling through books and instead uses graphics and imagery to allow vets to easily validate their findings whilst using it as a tool to explain to clients their pet's condition.

 

DDS GP Yes!: £349.99

Another professional app, DDS GP is targeted at dentists. The purpose of the app is to allow dental professionals to present conditions and treatments to patients with the aid of visual effects to provide a greater level of understanding.

The app also includes over 80 minutes of narration from the well-known (apparently) speaker and dentist Dr Paul Homoly.

Also included in the £349.99 app is more than 200 demonstrations and the ability to email or print custom made patient treatment plans.

 

iVIP Black: £699.99

Appearing in the App store at £699.99, self branded 'Millionaire's App' iVIP black is one of the most expensive and exclusive apps a person can own. As if the price tag wasn't intimidating enough, users will also have to prove their income and/or assets are worth over £1 million upon download.

Each approved member will then be granted access to an exclusive lifestyle app, providing the user with surprise gifts, exclusive rates, complimentary upgrades and priority access to the worlds premium hotels, restaurants and theatres, to name but a few.

iVIP Black helps members add to their assets further by providing them with the latest information on sales of property, racehorses and even private islands.

For those whose income isn't quite up to iVIP Black standards, there are several other cheaper versions including iVIP Red, which is available for free on the App Store. This alternative option provides individuals the opportunity to preview and occasionally sample the privileges that the full membership offers.

 

BarMax CA: £699.99

This app was created by Harvard Law School alumni as a tool for study, prepping students for the bar exam. The app includes over 50 hours of audio lectures from Harvard Professors, real MBE questions from previous bar exams and more than 100 practice essays.

Mike Gaffrey co-founded the app after he noticed a niche in the market for such an application. After paying $4,000 dollars to receive a similar service from BarBri whilst studying for his own bar exam, he realised there were no other options available and so teamed up with more Harvard Law graduates to create BarMax.

Even though it's the joint-highest priced app in the App Store, BarMax students in 2013 had a pass rate that was 18 points higher than the overall state average.

 

Alpha-Trader: £699.99

This app is designed for individuals in the professional investment market. Alpha-Trader can be used as a comprehensive tool to gather information on a variety of aspects including real-time stock prices, portfolio risk indicators and daily profit/loss. Whether £699.99 is a worthwhile investment remains to be seen, especially as there are a great number of alternatives: cheaper or even free apps that offer similar services to investment professionals.

 

CyberTuner: £699.99

CyberTuner is a piece of software designed to aid in the tuning of pianos, reducing the need to call in professional piano tuners. Despite the expense of this app, users are still expected to possess some kind of knowledge of piano tuning as well as the tools required to tune successfully. These features, along with the fact that after a year, users will have to pay an extra £54.99 to access premium CyberCare features, make this app one of the most specialist and expensive apps available.

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