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Dev defends I Am Wealthy, his ineffective $1,000 app

August 10, 2008: The developer of I Am Wealthy, a pointless app that offered for a whopping $999.99, defends his infamous creation as “artwork.”

After Apple eliminated I Am Wealthy from the App Retailer within the wake of controversy over the app’s outrageous worth and complete lack of usefulness, its creator, German developer Armin Heinrich, says he made it as a type of joke.

I Am Wealthy: A completely ineffective $1,000 app

The existence of such an app was maybe inevitable. For Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who initially opposed the concept of an App Retailer on the idea that it will end in lesser-quality software program, the I Am Wealthy app may need confirmed his worst fears — if the App Retailer was not already off to such begin.

Launched on July 10, 2008, the App Retailer shortly turned successful amongst iPhone customers. Nevertheless, it additionally set a pricing precedent, with most apps promoting for lower than a greenback. And that’s what I Am Wealthy developer Heinrich took purpose at.

“I discovered that some customers complain about costs for iPhone purposes above 99 cents,” he informed The New York Instances. “I regard it as artwork. I didn’t count on many individuals to purchase it and didn’t count on all of the fuss about it.”

Shockingly, the I Am Wealthy app will get unhealthy opinions

The app drew withering opinions from the tech press, and but eight folks paid to obtain it. Most amazingly of all, solely two of these (apparently completely loaded) suckers requested Apple to reverse the sale.

The app itself did nothing helpful. When opened, it displayed a purple jewel on the consumer’s show. When pressed, the next mantra appeared in giant letters, full with a typo:

“I’m wealthy
I deserv [sic] it
I’m good,
wholesome & profitable”

The I Am Wealthy app additionally prompted early questions on whether or not Apple ought to permit a “attempt before you purchase” coverage for the App Retailer. Whereas Apple didn’t significantly contemplate such a coverage, the idea fuels the plethora of free apps that supply in-app purchases in the present day.

The sequel: I Am Wealthy LE

As for Heinrich, folks reportedly bombarded him with messages — “a lot of them insulting,” he informed The New York Instances.

That harsh suggestions didn’t cease him from a sequel known as I Am Wealthy LE. The $8.99 app got here with a calculator and a spelling-corrected model of his “well-known mantra.”

Launched in 2009, it failed to realize the identical notoriety as the unique, though it most likely picked up one or two extra customers. Heinrich up to date I Am Wealthy LE so as to add iOS 12 compatibility and different enhancements, but it surely has since disappeared from the App Retailer.

What’s the weirdest iOS app you keep in mind from the early days? Go away your feedback beneath.



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