The iOS App Store has over 1.2 million applications that can be downloaded to users' iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. The average iTunes app runs anywhere from $0.99 to $4.99. To make sure app creators don't overrun the app store with million dollar apps, Apple put a cap on the price of apps at $999.99. Of course, most apps don't come even close to costing that much. However, there are a few apps that come very close to the boundaries of the maximum price.
The majority of the most expensive applications are those created for a specialized industry. They work along with various software programs and assist professionals in their required field. These professions range from piano tuners to small animal veterinarians. Each of the ten most expensive apps are available in the iTunes Store.
10 iDIA - Diagnostic Imaging Atlas, Small Animal - $399.99
If you have a small animal like a cat or dog, you've been to the veterinarian's office. You may have also had your animal diagnosed with a disease or injury that requires advanced treatment. Chances are, as the veterinarian was explaining your animal's ailment, you were nodding your head but not really understanding what the veterinarian was saying.
This app changes all that. The iDIA - Diagnostic Imaging Atlas provides veterinarians with high quality graphics and animation that makes explaining diagnoses much easier. It comes with email capabilities and 150 client education handouts that cover common pet health concerns.
9 The Alchemist SMS - $999.99
This app is designed to assist steelmaking and scrap metal recycling industry professionals. According to the app's iTunes' description, the program will take into account "the user's available inventory of metal scrap [and create a Charge mix] to meet the user's desired molten metal chemistries."
The Alchemist SMS features predefined steel alloy specifications, predefined metal scrap and alloy addition specifications, program editor, and support for importing and exporting steel catalog and material specifications.
8 DDS GP Yes! - $499.99
Unless you are a dentist, this app is not at all worth its $499.99 price tag. But if you're a dentist (or just fascinated with teeth) this app will help you convey your treatment plans to your patients through a great visual display.
According to the app's website, there are over 200 demonstrations including cosmetic dentistry, tooth decay, implants, cracks, surgery, hygiene, ortho, and a whole lot of other dental related terms.
Included in the DDS GP Yes! are 37 audio tracks for dental professionals, that will teach the best ways to explain treatment plans and procedures to patients.
7 QSFFStats - $999.99
There are some serious flag football fans out there... at least that's what the creators of QSFFStats must have been thinking. In 2011 this app hit the iTunes store for a cool $999.99. Why does it cost so much? Your guess is as good as any. It can keep track of the stats for all passing leagues and upload play-by-play stats by email, and... That's it.
The app, which works on iPhone and iPad, was created by B.C. Apps. Along with in game stats, users of the QSFFStats can also set up games by locations, fields, dates, and times.
6 BarMax CA - $999.99
Passing the California bar exam takes hours of preparation and years of studying. But even with years of law school, no one is guaranteed to pass the required exam. In fact, in 2014 less than half of all students who took the California bar exam passed. So, needless to say any help that law students can get is appreciated.
Enter the BarMax CA app. Developed by a Harvard Law School alumni, this app contains over 50 hours of audio lectures and tons of study materials. There are practice essays, multiple choice tests, a performance test, and even flash cards. But this app won't come cheap, even if it was made for college students. The BarMax CA is priced at $999.99 on iTunes.
5 MobiGage NDI - $999.99
Like many other expensive apps on this list, MobiGage is a specialized app. It's intended for those that work with measurements and the inspection of manufactured parts and assemblies. For the cost of $999.99, MobiGage can create, edit, and run measurement plans. It automates the inspection processes of parts and assemblies. The app, which was created by Titansan Engineering Inc., is able to save plans, email reports, test connections to a measure device, create a measurement plan, and many other measurement specific tasks.
Another function that makes the app so useful is the automated feature, which makes it possible for the app to be connected to measurement devices such as measuring arms, portable CMMs, calipers, micrometers, and many more. With the MobiGage app, users can switch between devices use wireless service or a 3G phone network.
4 Alpha-Trader - $999.99
If you're into investments and love gambling with the stock market, then this app may be worth the $999.99 to you. It was created for investors and investment professionals and is described on iTunes as a "fully integrated investment trading suite".
The app gives investors a full host of portfolio management tools in a single platform. It gives real time stock numbers and provides spreadsheets of performance indicators to make investing much easier and less time consuming.
3 Agro - $999.99
Ever wondered what an agronomist does? Probably not. But you'll need to understand their profession if you want to know anything about this almost $1000 app. Agronomists, who are commonly referred to as crop scientists, work to improve the quality and quantity of food that is produced for a nation. They often visit clients and farms, which is what makes this app handy.
Using Agro, an agronomist can create a report while they are conducting their tests rather than writing down their data, taking it back to their office, and then writing a report later.
The Agro app works offline since many farms do not have the greatest mobile coverage. It also allows the agronomist to export their data to spreadsheets, email reports, and file reports right from their iPhone.
2 CyberTuner - $999.99
The vast majority of the world won't have much use for this app, but according to iTunes reviews, it is a must for professional piano tuners. The creator of this $999.99 app, Reyburn, has been well known in the tuning software industry for 20 years. According to the app's iTunes page, CyberTuner is superior to other piano tuning apps because of its ease of use and clarity of functions.
The app was created by a registered piano technician member of the PTG. Support for the app is available through email and phone.
1 VIP Black - $999.99
Any app that's known as "The Millionaire's App" has to be pretty darn pricey. Not only does this app come with a hefty price tag, it's also very exclusive. If you do have $999.99 extra dollars to spend on a single app, that doesn't mean you'll be allowed to use it. First, you have to be vetted and approved. The only way that is going to happen is if you can prove you have assets above $1 million.
If you are worthy enough to be part of the VIP Black community, you will be able to access services such as Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Firmdale Hotels, Virgin Limited Edition, a barrage of concierge services, personal trainers, private jets, and pretty much anything your millionaire heart desires; but only for one year. After a full 365 days you will have to renew your membership and pay another $999.99.