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The Wolfram|Alpha App for the iPhone and iPod Touch Is “What’s Hot” on the App Store

October 28, 2009 —
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The Wolfram|Alpha App for the iPhone and iPod touch popped up on the App Store’s “What’s Hot” list today. We are delighted that Apple selected the app to be featured, recognizing the intense interest and excitement being shown in Wolfram|Alpha.

We were pleasantly surprised, too, to see the Wolfram|Alpha App appear on the store’s “Top Grossing” list on the second day it was available and remain there through the week. We’ve also been thrilled by the positive feedback from those who have purchased the app, visible in the reviews on the App Store.

If you haven’t seen the app yet, check it out.


Mhm, i think the 50$ are overprized. It is a good App, but come on 50$, thats a lot of money. I think 15$ to 20$ would be ok.

Posted by platinum2289 October 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Very cool app. I am quite surprised at the price since it’s basically free on the web and the app is only a pass-through with limited local functionality?

Posted by Doug October 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

It is too expensive, considering one can use the safari on iphone to get to Wolfram Alpha!

Posted by User October 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

The price of the is too much for some people even if it is the right price from a business point of view. I thought I read on this site that helpers could be given free licences to Wolfram products but cannot remember where. If this is true I suggest it is mentioned in the conditions for participation. It might say for instance that that a free licence would be provided if appropriate to the help being given or it might be offerred as a reward to a volounteer curator for significant help. It could not be granted too freely as people would be tempted to claim it without giving a fair return.

Posted by Brian Gilbert October 29, 2009 at 2:34 am

This “online program” is wonderfull, i’m studing biochemical and i use it for everything. I hope you can create an application for windows mobile, because i haven’t an iphone .

Congratulations and best wishes

Posted by And October 29, 2009 at 4:59 am

I guess what the app offers is the keyboard elements necessary for a range of functional analysis? Everyone I talk to would buy this at $20 and not at $50. I think that from a business viewpoint you would be better off both financially and in expanding your reach to sell three times as many apps at $20 as you will at $50. Try a search for price elasticity of demand on Wolfram and go from there 🙂

Posted by Doug October 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I agree.. great app as is the case with the Wolfram|Alpha engine but if the price is really $50 (couldn’t find where this is stated), then it is indeed a tad overpriced. Not that you won’t be getting your money’s worth, it’s just not that easy to part with $50 over an app, whether or not it’s as good as this.

Posted by Max October 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I clicked on the shortcut above and it took me to the ITunes store. No mention of the App. I searched on ‘top grossing’ and nothing was found.

Posted by Brian Gilbert October 30, 2009 at 2:30 am

Pretty amazing. Consider if you paid for HP 12C, other calc apps, and web functionality. I paid 30 for the Oxford Dicitionary. Great for all reference in physical and math. Do some adding up of the other apps before you decide. It will save you money in the long run. Also, Google is so arbitrary as a link, as opposed to calculation ability. Also the intuitive input has no learning curve at all, KISS Keep it simple Stupid. Great.!!!

Posted by Eric Fary October 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm