It's hard to forget the first $1,000 iPhone app. I Am Rich did nothing but display an image of a glowing red ruby and quickly became roadkill (and quasi-famous) as the third app to be removed from the App Store.
As it turns out, I Am Rich was the first but isn't the last $1,000 app.
BarMax CA (App Store, $999.99) bills itself as "the only complete bar exam prep solution (Essay, MBE, Performance Test and Flash Cards) available for purchase in the iPhone App Store." The application lets California law students prepare for the bar exam.
At ten times the cost of a (subsidized) iPhone 3G the BaxMax was sure to garner its share of media attention, but TechCrunch's MG Siegler makes the case that the price may be justified, A competitor's test prep course sells for $3,000 - 4,000, although it includes classroom training.
BarMax is packed with over 1GB of data, including thousands of pages of materials as well as hundreds of hours of audio lectures, and will email content to customers in Word format upon request.
BarMax beats out the previous highed-price app, iRa Pro (App Store, $899.99) a mobile video surveillance app. BarMax CA is only currently available for the California bar but the developer plans to release similar apps for New York, and the five other states by the end of 2010,