Apple’s App Store is dominated by free and cheap apps. But, there are more expensive options in the store, too.And some are way more expensive. Some of them show that the App Store can be a really big software market for a number of different industries.
Surprisingly, others are poorly designed gimmicks and don’t justify the sky-high price.
Despite that, these apps show the long-term potential of iPhones and iPads to up-end lots and lots of markets.
$99.99 — Sexy Finger Print Test HD
This gimmicky app lets you find out your “sexy score.” It claims it can tell you the perfect time to meet members of the opposite sex, and says you should use it once a day to get results in 30 seconds.
$199.99 — G-Map U.S. West
G-Map is a voice-prompted turn-by-turn navigation system, and you don’t need Wi-Fi or an internet connection to use it. It includes goodies such as 3-D view and text-to-speech, but with Google Maps and Apple Maps, there’s no real reason to drop this much money on an app that does practically the same thing.
$219.99 — Water Globe
Water Globe is just a set of interactive screen toys. You can play around with globes and make them snow, change gravity, and snowflake size. We’re not sure why anyone would pay more than $200 for this app, when you can probably get a real snow globe for way cheaper.
$299.99 — TouchChat AAC with WordPower
This full-featured communication app is for people who have difficulty using their natural voice. Specifically, the app is for those who have autism, Down’s Syndrome, ALS, apraxia, and other conditions that affect a person’s ability to speak.
$299.99 — SafeSession Voice
SafeSession Voice encryption is an app that lets you make secure VoIP calls over the internet. The company says your calls are protected by voice encryption algorithms. The person you’re talking to also needs to have the app installed for you to have a secure conversation.
Most Expensive Apps In The Appstore
$349.99 — Barcelona vs Madrid
This game pits the huge rival soccer clubs against each other. The graphics look great, but we’re not sure why this app is so expensive.
$349.99 — Mobile Cam Viewer
Mobile Cam Viewer lets you control and watch your live security and surveillance cameras. It supports several Webcam models, and multiple people can view the same camera at the same time.
$399.99 — Tap Menu
Tap Menu is a picture-based app for restaurants, hotels, shops, and other companies that makes your menu, book, or any other medium digitally visual.
$399.99 — iDIA – Diagnostic Imaging Atlas, Small Animal
This app assists veterinarians with overviews of conditions affecting animals.
$399.99 — The Alchemist SMS
Alchemist SMS isn’t a crazy new way to send text messages. It’s actually a utility app for steel and scrap metal recycling in order to reduce costs. The app actually dropped in price; it used to be $999.99.
$499.99 — DDS GP Yes!
DDS GP Yes! is an app for dentists. It helps professionals show patients specific treatment plans in a neat presentation.
$999.99 — BarMax CA
BarMax CA was created by a Harvard Law School alumni to help aspiring lawyers pass the California bar exam. There are more than 50 hours of audio lectures from Harvard Law School-educated law professors, and a ton more information to help students ace the test.
$999.99 — Alpha-Trader
Alpha-Trader is a global trading suite for investment pros. The app gives real-time stock prices, price alerts, portfolio risk indications, asset correlation, and asset category charts.