The $1,000 iPhone App That’s Worth It

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Mon, Jan 18 - 10:18 am EDT | 5 years ago by
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Anyone remember the idiotic “I am Rich” app for the iPhone OS? While all that did was display a sparkling red gem on an iPhone or iPod touch, the asking price was $1000! Thankfully, Apple promptly pulled the app from the iTunes store, leaving people to wonder why the app was approved in the first place.

But the Washington Post thinks it’s found another iPhone app that costs $1,000—and is actually worth the price! Here’s why:

BarMax CA is an application to help law students preparing for the bar exam. The reason the price is justified is because the company that is synonymous with this type of test prep, BarBri, typically offers it for $3,000 to $4,000. BarMax CA believes it can get away with the lower price because it’s just an app, there is no in-class element.

The 1GB (yes, one gigabyte) app contains thousands of electronic documents, hundreds of audio lectures, and even some “tangible paperwork” for law students who want to focus on a specific section of the bar. And yes, BarMax CA is called such because the study materials only for the Californian bar exam. Developer BarMax LLC has planned similarly-priced editions for five other states, including New York, and also a $500 “lite” version that contains only the bar’s multiple choice part.

Now I’ve nowhere near the money to buy this app, and I’m not studying to be a lawyer anyway. But I wonder if this compatible with the iPhone’s TV-out function? It would be great for students to pitch in for a single copy, then share the app’s output on a projector or a TV for a study group, no?

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