iPad AppStore pricing – too much for too little?

iPad AppStore pricing - too much for too little?

Apple has been busy compiling an iPad-specific App Store ready for the launch, with iPad-only apps being approved and organised.

Tech site MacRumors claims to have accessed the iPad’s best seller lists which show several of the apps to be made available when the eagerly anticipated/totally over-hyped/Messiah Tablet/over-priced netbook launches.

It’s not cheap

Anyone hoping for cheap’n’cheerful iPhone-like pricing looks set to be disappointed, with the listing showing app prices growing in line with the size of the device:

  1. Flight Control HD – $4.99
  2. Real Racing HD – $9.99
  3. Labyrinth 2 HD – $7.99
  4. Piano Lesson PianoMan for iPad – $2.99
  5. Cro-Mag Rally for iPad – $9.99
  6. Enigmo Deluxe – $9.99
  7. Manic Marble 2 for iPad – $3.99
  8. Otto Matic for iPad – $9.99

iPad AppStore pricing - too much for too little?

Things get even more expensive too, with OmniGraphSketcher listed at $14.99 and AppAdvice discovering Omni Group’s diagram creating app, OmniGraffle, being priced at an eye-watering $49.99.

The success of the iPhone’s app store was down to its low pricing that was cheap enough for folks to buy apps on impulse, with successful developers making their money from the volume of sales.

We’d certainly think twice about shelling out for games costing over a fiver a pop, and when it comes to productivity apps, we’d be loathe to pay up desktop prices for a tablet that can’t even multi-task.

What do you think? Are the prices set to high, or just about right considering its for the iPad?


One Comment on “iPad AppStore pricing – too much for too little?”

  1. I suspect it’ll all settle down after launch – yes they’re dear, but I wouldn’t expect people not to try to cash in.
    We’ve had clients a-clamouring for iPad apps, to the point that we’re actually building them without having a device to test ’em on yet, such is the desperation to be the first to have them. I’ve never known anything like it.

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