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  • Wolfram Alpha Introduces $50 iPhone App

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    While the rest of the world watched in anticipation of Apple's quarterly earnings announcement, Wolfram Alpha quietly introduced their new iPhone application into the App Store on Monday.

    As the "official" application for Wolfram Alpha, an answer engine from Wolfram Research, users will have no choice but to pay up for this high-brow app, as it was introduced with a $50 price tag.

    Why fifty bucks? Ian Paul at PC World tried to take a stab at this one.
    One of the app's main advantages is as a replacement for graphing calculators, which can cost upward of $100; however, it should be noted that regular graphing calculators don't need a Wi-Fi connection to work.
    Despite offering a multitude of neat functions - graphing calculator, calorie counter, international economic index, astronomy guide, etc. - its difficult to imagine this app achieving any degree of notable success at such a lofty price. The app, after all, is simply a compressed, portable, carbon-copy of the website, which is accessible as a Firefox add-on.

    Let's not forget, however, that Wolfram Alpha was initially hyped up to be the "next Google," even though those behind the search engine never shared those hopes or intentions. But even Google wouldn't have the audacity to introduce a $50 app.

    If you type "graphing calculator" into iTunes you get results for 27 iPhone apps, ranging in price from zero to $10.
    Sad but true, the Wolfram Alpha iPhone is getting more attention today for its cost than it is anything else, although Ian Paul also managed to note that Apple gave the app an age-restricted rating of 9+ due to "infrequent/mild profanity or cruel humor."

    Well, if we're going to cough up fifty bucks for this app, there should at least be some entertainment value, right?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Wolfram Alpha Introduces $50 iPhone App started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. petterloco1's Avatar
      petterloco1 -
      I love this app it's awsome I got it for free. I would never pay 50$ for an app lol
    1. 02589's Avatar
      02589 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      wow thats rediculous i am in the wrong business i need to learn how to program iphone apps. lol
      or learn to spell. LOL
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      If you have internet, can't you just search on their website with a browser? Meh, it's like google making an application priced 50 bucks where you can search stuff. Yes, Google might be one of the most awesomest creations known to humans, but it's also free if you just go to google.com and search for your stuff.

      Quote Originally Posted by fletch713 View Post
      So can anyone tell me some uses for this besides solving equations? Maybe I need this app and I just don't realize it yet.
      It can do a bunch of random stuff by just typing a command. For instance, if you type "Sears Tower vs CN Tower" it will give you random different data to compare them both. Or, searching a particular name, and it will tell you how many people in the world have that name, the popularity of the name, the trend of that name as the years went by, and the mortality rate of the people with that name. If you type two cities, it will compare different aspects of it such as the size of it and the population and other information. But yeah, this is those one of those apps that is completely unreasonably priced. Yes, there is a graphing calculator, but most of the people buy those calculators for their school and I'm pretty sure most schools do not allow the iPhone as a substitute for a graphing calculator.