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iPad apps are 171 percent costlier than those on the iPhone

Research by Distimo reveals several other interesting trends as well

Are you one of those who keep abreast of the latest apps on the Apps store onboard the iPad or iPhone? Well this piece of research findings might prove useful. A recent research on the App store market by Distimo released this October has revealed that iPad apps are a whopping 171 percent more expensive than iPhone ones – which is, well, a humongous statistic! Other trends suggested by this interesting research finding states that the average price of the top 100 paid for apps aboard the US iPad app store was $5.80, while the average amount shelled out for the top 100 paid for apps on the iPhone app store was just $2.14. Thus making the iPad apps almost three times costlier than those on the iPhone.

Some more information on the same subject revealed by the report by Distimo has revealed that, Apple is pretty much a major player in the iPad app arena but stands nowhere when a comparison is struck against the App market pertaining to the iPhone. This is supported by the fact that, three of the top ten paid iPad apps in September were $9.99 Apple productivity apps, with Pages ranked 2nd, Keynote 6th and Numbers settling comfortably with the 7th spot. Sadly enough, no Apple apps featured among either the top 10 free, or paid iPhone apps.

It is also worth a mention that The Apple app store now has over 300,000 apps out of which just 37,887 of these are meant exclusively for the iPad. iPhone apps start at a meagre $0.99, while those in the iPad app market begin at a much higher price.

Our view on this

The Apple iPad being a major money spinner for the Apple family surely needs a pull down in the price of its paid apps to register a boost in sales. Having said that, we are not sure if this is a fair comparison without knowing the app by app price comparison for both the devices. Note that it is not necessary for an app to be on the top ten of both the devices, also it is quite possible that a less costly app becomes a hot favorite. A better comparison can be when more common apps come for both the devices and we have a head-to-head app comparison.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-11- 9 (Update: 2021-05-18)