16 Most Expensive Apps on the App Store

Paid apps may be on the decline, but a small percentage of mobile users are willing to fork out for high quality content, and Apple’s app store still contains a selection of offerings for really big spenders.

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There are 900,000 apps in Apple’s App Store, but only a few cost the top price of $999.99 Photo: © Alamy


The Apple Store is the largest app store in the world, with more than 900,000 apps in total, consisting of both free and paid apps. Although 90 percent of iOS apps are now free, according to app analytics provider Flurry, some are expensive beyond imagination.

The highest price that any developer can charge for an app on the iOS App Store is $999.99 (£638). When the App Store first opened, a number of novelty apps were launched aimed at people with more money than sense. The most notable example was I Am Rich – an iPhone app that did nothing except proclaim the user’s affluence.

These days, however, the $999.99 club is made up primarily of apps with legitimate purposes, and mobile blog Top Apps has put together a list of the the 16 most expensive apps in the App Store.

Only four developers charge the top price of $999.99. One of these is VIP Black, which claims to give owners “VIP treatment – extra-special experiences like complimentary upgrades, surprise gifts, welcome packages, exclusive rates, priority access, and other unique privileges – across iVIP Ltd’s global range of luxury partners and services.”

As if paying nearly $1,000 for the app wasn’t enough, VIP Black also requires buyers to prove that their income is above £1 million.

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What Happens in an Internet Minute?

Astonishing figures that show the true scale  of our online activity have been revealed.

The new study, by chipmaker Intel, found that more than 204 million emails are sent every minute, while 47,000 apps are  downloaded and retail giant Amazon rings up around $83,000 in  sales.

Around 20 million photos and 6 million Facebook pages are viewed, while we also watch 1.3 million video clips on  YouTube.

Intel's internet minute infographic reveals exactly what we do online - with 639,800GB of data transferred
Intel’s internet minute infographic reveals exactly what  we do online – with 639,800GB of data transferred



More than 204 million emails are  sent

Amazon rings up about $83,000 in sales

Around 20 million photos  are viewed and  3,000 uploaded on Flickr

At least 6 million Facebook  pages are viewed  around the world 

More than 61,000 hours of music  are played  on Pandora

More than 1.3 million video clips are  watched on YouTube


Nearly 640,00 Gb of global IP data is  transferred in just one Internet minute, the researchers found.

‘Computing is transforming and touching more  people in a wider range of devices,’ said Intel’s Krystal Temple.

‘But while it’s hard to miss the  proliferation of portable devices, it’s what we don’t see that’s the bigger  issue.

‘What many don’t see is that the increase in  mobile devices has had a tremendous impact on the amount of data traffic  crossing the network.

‘It’s a little easier to comprehend once we  think about all that’s done on a connected device like a smartphone.

‘Listening to music, watching videos,  downloading photos, playing online games, refreshing Twitter feeds and status  updates – all of those activities generate network traffic.’

The study also looked at how the data could expand dramatically in the future.

It predicted that by 2015, the number of networked devices is expected to be double the world’s population.

It would take five years to view all the video content crossing IP networks each second by then.

One of Google's brightly coloured data centers in Douglas Country: New figures reveal exactly what happens on the internet every minute
One of Google’s brightly coloured data centers in  Douglas Country: New figures reveal exactly what happens on the internet every  minute

The chip giant also revealed it is developing new networking equipment to deal with the increase in traffic.

Codenamed ‘Crystal Forest,’ that will boost  performance and beef up network security to handle the increasing network traffic.

‘By enabling equipment manufacturers and  services providers to deliver platforms that grow along with the network, Intel is also enabling consumers to stay connected on intelligent devices every Internet minute of the day,’ Intel said.

Attribution: Daily Mail