Apparently eight people bought the $1000 iPhone program that does nothing. Yay?
UPDATE:Eight people have bought this application, surprise surprise; Apple has removed it though. Apple doesn't care about rich people. The original story follows.
In what is surely a poke at the powers that be -- software developer Armin Heinrich, has released an application for the iPhone that does pretty much nothing, for a low, low price of $1000.
The application is nothing but a display of a glowing red ruby, and is called I Am Rich, clicking on the little i in the corner of the app is supposed to bring up a secret mantra to "help you to stay rich, healthy, and successful". As Harry McCracken, of Technologizer, who brought us this story puts it: "Unless Heinrich decides to hand out reviewer's copies of I Am Rich, I may never learn what that mantra is."
More than anything, this app highlights the erratic way in which Apple's clearance process for iPhone applications works. Apple has been playing yo-yo with Nullriver's NetShare tethering application -- putting it up, then pulling it down; and has taken down the Box Office movie app. All of which only highlights the absurdity of the I Am Rich application being available on the App Store. We can't help but think Armin is making a statement through this app; but just what is that statement: rich people will buy anything, or is it -- Apple will release anything as long as it doesn't upset the powers that be?
So, what's the policy here Apple? Is a coin-toss involved?