Millions of people around the world use smartphone applications as resource guides for everything from the weather to stock price movements. Although there are hundreds of Apple iPhone applications available for free, and even more pieces of software available for under $5, there are a handful of iPhone applications that cost almost $1,000! Admittedly, many of these pricier iPhone applications were created for legitimate business or educational purposes such as measuring manufacturing processes or preparing for professional examinations. Other expensive iPhone applications were created for no reason other than to serve as high-end concierges. Would you pay $999.99 for any of these applications?
iVIP Black - $999.99
Dubbed "the first and only premium lifestyle application for the iPhone," approved users of this high-end electronic concierge enjoy VIP access to exclusive restaurants and clubs. Users get priority booking privileges to private yachts, jets and islands. In addition to paying $999.99 for the iPhone application, several associated services come at an additional cost. Not just anyone is granted exclusive membership. Prospective VIP members must certify their status as high-net-worth individuals, with assets or income in excess of 1 million British pounds.
BarMax CA or NY - $999.99
Boasting higher-than-average pass rates, these pricey iPhone and iPad software packages were created by a consortium of Harvard Law School alumni and iOS developers to aid aspiring lawyers who need to pass state bar examinations. The app includes more than 50 hours of audio lectures, a full-time study calendar and more than 1,000 questions from previous bar exams. An important advantage of this application is that it's much more portable than many other bar exam preparation materials that are available. Other bar exam preparation materials have hundreds, if not thousands, of pages.
Agro - $999.99
For those agronomists who are keen to eliminate trips from the field to the office to type up reports, look no further than the Agro iPhone application. This app retails for a mere $999.99 at your nearest app store outlet. This productivity application was engineered so that agronomists can complete inspections of vineyards, orchards, sugar cane farms and other types of agriculture without requiring physical paperwork. Farmers and inspectors are able to sign inspection reports on the iPhone. This reduces administration time and practically does away with duplicate paperwork.
QSFFStats - $999.99
Are you a flag football aficionado? Then perhaps you might enjoy downloading the QSFFStats application. Users of this software track passing, receiving, yardage, scores and interceptions for their own league's flag football teams.
MobiGage NDI - $999.99
Among the more esoteric iPhone applications that rests on the pricey end of the spectrum is MobiGage. This app is used by factory managers for the inspection of manufactured parts and assembly lines. Admittedly, the only likely buyers of this application are manufacturing professionals, so the hefty price tag is unlikely to deter those who have a material need for this type of business tool.
App.Cash - $999.99
Do you own your own business? If you do, you may want to invest in App.Cash. App.Cash is a versatile cashier iPhone application that can be used in restaurants and retail establishments. This application essentially allows its users to bypass some of the more expensive technology investments required for cashiering.
The Bottom Line
Given the ubiquitous nature of the iPhone, and the ability of software developers to develop applications that meet various needs, it's no wonder that some of the most expensive iPhone applications include professional tools or prestigious consumer discretionary applications. Despite the near four-figure status of these applications, it's important to remember that several applications are available for free.