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10 Pricey iPhone Apps That Will Leave You Broke

InformationWeek went searching for the most expensive iPhone apps that are out there. Here's our Top 10.
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(Image: Krystian Nawrocki/iStockphoto)

(Image: Krystian Nawrocki/iStockphoto)

Apple's App Store is generally known where you can trick out your iPhone or iPad with dozens, even hundreds of applications out of a selection of hundreds of thousands, with the vast majority of them either free or available for 99 cents.

Think of how free apps like Instagram, Facebook, PayPal, and countless other social media and productivity applications have turned a sleek gadget that makes calls into an essential part of your daily life.

According to online statistics portal Statista, Apple's App Store remained the second-largest app store with 1.5 million available apps, right behind Google Play, where Android users have access to 1.6 million apps.

But just as there are affordable accessories of all kinds for the iPhone -- from inexpensive but durable cases, portable speakers, headphones and all the rest -- there are top-of-the-line luxury accessories that remain far out of the reach of most consumers.

This price scale extends to the world of applications, where a stratosphere of pricey applications glides high over the murky pool of free apps.

[Here's a list of fitness trackers that are not named Apple Watch.]

It's easy enough to find free -- if limited -- versions of apps that you'd rather not pay $4.99 for, but what are those applications that you probably couldn’t afford even if you wanted to buy them?

We've taken a cruise through the App Store to find those applications only the 1% can afford, the applications that accompany the $3.5 million Goldgenie iPhone 6 made of 24-carat gold and encrusted with dozens of tiny diamonds, that find themselves wrapped in a Swarovski crystal case.

Some of the apps on this list may surprise you, running the gamut from games to GPS. They may not be worth it to the average consumer, but it definitely puts the cost of the full-fledged version of SleepMachine in perspective.

(All images via Apple's App Store)

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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hho927
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hho927,
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7/31/2015 | 3:01:49 PM
Re: MobiGage NDI Automates Inspection ($999.99)
Useless app

NDI is selling optical measure systems for medical procedures. An app for measurement on a Phone? How accurate is that? Come on? If we want accuracy, get a laser machine (to measure things.)
nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/31/2015 | 2:44:35 PM
MobiGage NDI Automates Inspection ($999.99)
If an app solves a real business problem that costs more than the app price. Then the app is not expensive even if it costs $999.

Such is the case that seem to be with MobiGage NDI Automates Inspection ($999.99). It seem to solve a real business problem for a niche industry vertical.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/31/2015 | 2:38:39 PM
Re: TouchChat AAC With WordPower
> Personally, if an app to help those with speech impairment is available, I am a little
> perplexed why it warrants such a high cost.  It seems a little un-altruistic to charge
> so much for an app that is positioned as a way to help those who struggle with speech.

Stratustician:

If a public office or an NGO is making this app I can understand that they'll keep the pricing low. If its a private sector innovation and some garage developers have made that for profit motive than I dont see why they should keep the price very low as its for their own bread and butter and to pay the bills. In this case then some NGO or association should intervene to sponsor the app for the needy subset as speach impairment does not imply low affordability necessarily.
nasimson
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nasimson,
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7/31/2015 | 2:27:02 PM
Safe session
Encrypted Voice over IP by Safe Session. Cant this be used by terrorits?

And if not, because there are legal intercpets in place by agencies. Then its not secure enough in the first place.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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7/31/2015 | 2:11:39 PM
Re: Apps
Ha, by far the most pointless app on this list! And the App Store description says it's "worth every penny"... unless you can use the app to actually make it snow, I'd disagree.
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SunitaT0,
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7/31/2015 | 2:04:39 PM
Re: Apps
@progman: if there weren't different versions from different developers then it would not be a diverse, and competitive marketplace. If it weren't a competitive marketplace then cost of phones and services would have been higher because the company (Apple, Google) wouldn't be making profits from app stores.
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SunitaT0,
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7/31/2015 | 1:56:54 PM
Re: TouchChat AAC With WordPower
Did you know registering tinder needs a sum of 9.99 dollars? That isn't too much but it is too much by app standards!
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SunitaT0,
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7/31/2015 | 1:54:22 PM
Re: Apps
@whoopty: true. They aren't really copycats though, as they dont use the same code or source api and packages but they are rather influenced and inspired by the originals.
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7/31/2015 | 8:44:23 AM
Re: Apps
I didn't realize Angry Birds and Farmville were copy cats. That's interesting. I'm assuming the originals were written by garage developers that didn't do much for marketing.
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Whoopty,
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7/31/2015 | 7:50:54 AM
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Unfortunately that seems to be the way it goes with the app stores. As soon as something popular comes along, a thousand copycats appear. 

Hell, even the bigger developers are guilty of this. Some of the biggest success stories are rip offs. Angry Birds was a copy of Crush the Castle, Farmville was a copy of Farm Town and Tiny Tower was ripped off from Dream Heights and so on. 
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