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  • Another $1,000 App Hits The App Store

    Since when has the App Store become a high-end boutique for pricey applications that most of us can't afford? Although the App Store is far from dominated by exorbitant apps, a lot of people are talking about the latest pricey addition to the App Store. And unless you're an aspiring barrister, you might not have a need for this particular app and the price tag that accompanies it.

    From Maximum PC:

    Remember when those eight saps paid $1,000 on a useless iPhone app called I Am Rich? As it turns out, that's the highest Apple allows developers to charge through the App Store, and nearly two years later, another $1,000 app has emerged, one that might actually be worth it.
    The target audience for the app in question - known as BarMax CA - would be law students working diligently to prepare for the bar exam. Although freshly graduated lawyers will likely earn a pretty penny in their future, the cost of law school won't allow too many students to cough up an extra $1,000 for this app, despite how it's being billed as a nice supplement or replacement for other bar-prepping procedures.

    Even still, $1,000 is a lot of scratch to pay for an iPhone app, but only a fraction of the $3,000 to $4,000 would-be test takers are used to shelling out for this type of test prep through BarBri.
    If you're concerned that the app is full of style and light on substance, you're wrong in that department. BarMax CA comes replete with more than 1GB worth of prep work, thousands of pages of documents, and hundreds of hours of preparatory audio clips for your studying pleasure.

    As it stands, BarMax CA is the most expensive app in the App Store, a distinction previously held by a home security app that sells for $899.
    In case you're wondering, it was a group of Harvard lawyers who came up with the idea for BarMax, which was designed by "top iPhone developers" in order to produce what is being billed as the "only complete bar exam prep solution available for purchase in the iPhone App Store.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Another $1,000 App Hits The App Store started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      No warez or cracked apps here
    1. donbar85's Avatar
      donbar85 -
      For an app that pricey, I would hope it could do things that my wife refuses to. But, if it helps you pass the bar, then I guess it can do something she won't... :-/
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      It absolutely amazes me the amount of people saying they want to pirate this app and complain about the price. I'm going to bet that 99%, no 100% of the people complaining have NO USE WHATSOEVER FOR THIS APP. Similar to the Home Security app (mentioned in the article), this app has a very specific audience and market. To the rest of us, it's an app you can safely avoid. If the article rings true on how much content this app provides, then yeah I can see the $1000 tag on it. These bar exams are expensive. as. hell. It costs hundreds of dollars to even sign up for it and studying for them is an ordeal that takes months and months of preparation. If this app truly is a Hithiker's Guide to anything bar related, I can imagine it can become an invaluable tool to those going for Law.

      I don't have any experience on law, but if its anything like Engineering, where the EI exam is around $200 (right when you finish undergrand), and the PE is $400, not even counting the guides, books, and resources you NEED to even have a chance of passing them, you easily spend over $1000-2000 certifying yourself. Then again, we make the big bucks after so we can afford it
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      Well at least it backs up the price with a load of useful info instead of just a picture of a damn red gemstone.
    1. Jgamble317's Avatar
      Jgamble317 -
      If you think about it though.. Photographers are willing to pay about that price for software like photoshop and what not. If this is something a college law student wanted to pursue then something like this wouldn't be so bad if there books were above 1k. I can see the use for a dedicated student striving for excellence and to study anytime anywhere but not for the average law student...
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      Quote Originally Posted by xwinger View Post
      these expensive apps always scare me... cuz im afraid one of my friends will buy it on my account as a joke lol
      I'd really wonder if they are friends!!! cause that ain't funny

      charging a $1,000 for an app is just takin the P!$$
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Yes, I'm gonna study for an exam that i paid so much to college to learn it wasted many years of my life on an iphone, this is the dumbest thing ever, study from books and stuff, use the iphone as a supplement not the whole thing
    1. xgus69's Avatar
      xgus69 -
      this is exactly why a lot of people get pirated/ cracked/hacked copies of a lot of things in life...
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by ommak View Post
      thank god i'm not in law school lol xD
      GOD has nothing to do with it! It was your decision not to go to law school!
    1. Home Skillet's Avatar
      Home Skillet -
      nice find. downloading now.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      My lawyer charges $250 per phone call and if a $1000 app proved useful for lawschool then I would buy it.
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      if law school students didnt need this before the app came out, they dont need it now.
      $1000 is obnoxiously outrageous, coming from a student in a family of law school graduates.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      ^u kidding info & research is done faster with kindle and now iPhone so i would wait for the review on this app.
    1. richr's Avatar
      richr -
      According to AppExplorer, there are 71 apps over $100:

      AppExplorer: highest priced apps
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Being able to carry all that around with you and access it easily could very well be worth $1000 to law students - especially if the equivalent in books cost $4000!

      Anyone willing to steal this app has already failed their legal exams as they obviously don't understand the law.

      There are lots of apps in the app store that are of no interest to me - but just because I'm not interested does not mean others aren't.

      Not sure why a specialised app aimed at a small target audience is news or why people are getting so worked up about it.
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      the app cost more than the phone lol
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Irony: an application that creates more lawyers to sue apple in the future.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Now someone just needs to make one for the DAT, MCAT, PCAT, and the OAT, then they'll be in business! Or make an ultimate app that contains all of those and call it the Kaplan App (Kap App for short). Maybe that would be worth $1,000! Haha.
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      It absolutely amazes me the amount of people saying they want to pirate this app and complain about the price. I'm going to bet that 99%, no 100% of the people complaining have NO USE WHATSOEVER FOR THIS APP.
      Agreed. This app was designed for law students.

      [SOAPBOX ON]
      The response to this article only confirms my suspicion of the infantile percentile of the members here.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -