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.
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.