Many of us iPad and iPhone users contemplate the worth of purchasing apps from the iTunes App Store when hundreds are available at no cost. The majority of apps on Apple’s App Store sell for less than £8, many for much less or even for free. However, a small variety sit at the opposite side of the price spectrum, with costs reaching up to £1,000.
If you’re a medical professional, piano player or agronomist in need of on-hand electronic references and professional tools, then these costly niche-targeted apps may be just what you’re looking for.
Or perhaps you’re a millionaire with £1,000 to spend on a luxury lifestyle app offering exclusive deals for its VIP members - then you’ve come to the right place.
See below for ten of the most ridiculously expensive apps on the market and if these apps are worth their price tags.
An app for agronomists, Agro allows users to complete inspection reports, store client details and collaborate with local suppliers while on the road.
The app has been tested by agronomists, large corporations and farmers who claim to shed off 15 hours per week traveling back to the office to produce reports.
For £48.99 Agro saves app-holders time and energy while allowing users to communicate effectively with clients.
Vizzywig is a US Patented video editor and multicamera studio that is the only all-in-one application on the market that combines recording and editing in the camera view.
With multicamera recording and live switching in HD, 4K and now 5K, users can edit, transform and import photos and videos from photo albums, digital cameras, etc.
This awarding-winning mobile studio can be yours for £99.99.
Classic TC with WordPower: £299.99
Classic TC is a full-featured communication app for individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, stroke or any other condition that hinders one’s ability to speak effectively.
An assistive technology known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), TC allows users to choose from a selection of English or Spanish words, phrases, and messages that can then be vocalized by a built-in voice synthesiser or a recorded message.
App-holders may also enlarge the text and display it on the screen instead of playing an audio message to communicate and can save custom files for future use.
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine: £249.99
An interactive textbook, Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine includes six-decades of essential content and advancements related to medicine.
Developed by industry professionals, the Nineteenth Edition offers information regarding pathogenesis, clinical trials, current diagnostic methods and imaging approaches, practice guidelines, and treatment methods - all accessible in this easy-to-navigate app.
Digital features such as 1,000 full-color photographs, hundreds of radiographs, anatomy illustrations, demonstrative videos, search engine, and ability to highlight and write notes make this the perfect resource for medical students and professionals - that is, if you have £249.99 to spare.
Barcelona vs. Madrid £299.99
A football fanatic? Barcelona vs. Madrid allows users to virtually battle the two arguably best football teams against each other.
Customer reviews are not too convincing for this app. Users were disappointed that it isn’t a full match between Madrid and Barcelona; rather, a penalty shoot out between the teams.
DDS GP Yes!: £499.99
This iPad app is designed to help dental professionals improve their presentation of dental conditions and treatment plans to their patients.
Written and developed by renowned speaker Dr. Paul Homoly, DDS GP includes 37 audio tracks, with photos, drawings, treatment plannings, demonstrations and more.
Professionals can even email and print custom treatment plans for their patients, all for £499.99.
One of the most expensive apps on the market, CyberTuner is a piano and instrument tuning software.
£999.99 gets you the Standard Mode which allows you to tune a 13 note temperament from A3 to A4 plus a free 1 year subscription to CyberCare and Premium Mode (88 notes).
To continue with CyberCare and Premium Mode - with features such as free upgrades to new iRCT software, CyberCare calibration and support - app-holders can renew their annual subscription for £74.99.
App.Cash is a virtual cash register that processes transactions through to a supported printers (Epson ™-T88IV WLAN, Epson ™-T88V WLAN).
With little to no software or usage information offered by the developer, it’s hard to understand why the app is so expensive - especially when a multitude of free versions (ShopCaisse, Instant Cash Register) exist in the App Store.
The app was last updated 12 July 2017 and is available in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Spanish.
iVIP Black: £999.99
This £999.99 app allows members exclusive access to premium venues and services around the world.
iVIP Black curators select partners from a variety of luxury hotels, venues, restaurants, theatres, private jets, personal styling and more offering complimentary upgrades, packages, rates, surprise gifts, priority access and other unique privileges.
Despite the £999.99 cost which gets app-holders access to these deals, iVIP Black notes that some of these services have additional costs.
If you don’t have £999.99 to spend on this luxury lifestyle app, you can download the free version (VIP Red) that allows you to preview and sample the full membership.
Ignition exists as the only iPad and iPhone app that appears to be worth its price. It has almost 3,000 ratings at 4.5 stars, citing it to be expensive, but justifiably so.
This app gives customers remote access to their office Macs and PCs at any time, anywhere.