If history is any indication, iPad app prices should be dropping relatively soon.
“Shortly after the launch of the iTunes App store in July 2008, the average price of a top 100 paid app was more than $4.50. By mid-August, it was down to $4. And by late October — just four months post launch — it was already basically chopped in half, to $2.80 . . . Nowadays, the average price of a top app on the store is $2.43. So, at that rate if you hold out until the end of July, that Flight Control HD app should cost about $3 instead of $4.99,” reported paidContent.org. Apps aside, Apple is notorious for launching expensive products and add-ons and then slashing prices — much to the chagrin of early adopters.
Still, for the time being, the expense may ward off wary consumers from clicking the “Buy App” button, and could result in a chokehold on the popularity of apps.
“Cheap apps, utilities, and games arguably made the App Store what it is today, a distribution platform with some 150,000 third party apps and over 3 billion downloads. Raising the price risks stymieing that growth, though it’s also arguably a toe in the water to see where the ceiling really is,” PC World writer Matt Peckham wrote.
But c’mon. You just bought an iPad; of course you’re going to want to put at least some apps on it. Gizmodo has aggregated a comprehensive list of essential iPad apps, including the much-anticipated one from Netflix that will allocate streaming video.
Curiously absent from the iPad App Store are apps that utilize the device’s GPS — a feature that dominated the iPhone App Store. Maybe Apple realized that, at least for starters, it doesn’t want people relying on a somewhat awkward tablet to navigate through traffic.
How gonzo are you going to go on downloading iPad apps? Or will you wait for a significant price-drop to explore stuff outside of the free ones?