Wolfram Alpha iPhone app: 33,42 Euros

Tue 20 October 2009 14:08, Editors

Wolfram Alpha iPhone app: 33,42 Euros

Wolfram Alpha this week released it first iPhone app. And the 'computational knowledge engine' is asking big money for it. The knowledge engine charges no less than 55 dollars, the equivalent of 33,42 euros.

With the iPhone app users get full access to the Wolfram Alpha web functions. Next to that it also automatically calculates the type of information a user is likely to be interested in based on their location.

The question however is if the use of this application should be worth this much money. Wolfram targets academics and with that hopes to be 'unique'. The small group of targeted users makes it for Wolfram logical to charge the larger amount of money. Wolfram after all aims at replacing the traditional scientific calculators.

Functions like an almanac, a currency/unit converter and a stock analysis tool should trigger academics to buy the application.

The question keeps arising though if an engine with that low volume on the web can ask that much money for an iphone app and get away with it. Especially because you can reach Wolfram Alpha with the browser and get some of its functions for free.

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