Sure, there are plenty of fantastic free apps available in the iTunes App Store but what if you want to spend a whole lot of money on apps? Which apps will drain your bank account the quickest?
These ultra expensive apps perform useful and fun functions, but whether their utility justifies their purchase price is for you to decide:
I have only tried one of these apps, The Professional Chef by Inkling, which was provided to me by the developer for review. You can read my review of that app in Inkling: The Future of Textbooks.
The most expensive app I’ve ever purchased was SlingPlayer for $29.99 (now $14.99), which allows me to watch shows on my iPhone that are streamed from my TV via a Slingbox. See, TV Fan? This Sling Is for You!
I Am Rich
The most you can spend on an app in iTunes is $999, the price of the app I Am Rich released in 2008, shortly after the iTunes App Store opened. That app, which should have been named “I Am Stupid,” performed a single function: displaying a glowing red light you could show to your friends to try to convince them how rich/stupid you were.
Apple soon removed I Am Rich from iTunes but not before eight people actually spent $999 on the app. See, L.A. Times, Apple removes $1,000 featureless iPhone application
I Am Rich on Android
Note that there is no guarantee whether people will believe that you are rich when you show them your free I Am Rich app. But with the money you save by getting the free Android app instead of buying the iPhone app, you could buy both an Android and an iPhone!
What is the most expensive app you’ve ever purchased? What is the most money you would be willing to spend on an app? Do you have any of the 16 most expensive iPhone apps? Do you want any of them? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Dollar photo (edited) courtesy of 401(K) 2012
** I Am Rich iTunes App listing photo courtesy of Rubin Starset