Meet the I am Rich app, sold for $999.99 on the App Store in 2008. It received 8 downloads and only showed an image of a diamond, with no other functionality.

I Am Rich

I Am Rich is an iOS application developed by Armin Heinrich and which was distributed using the App Store. When launched, the screen only contains a glowing red gem and an icon that, when pressed, displays the following mantra in large text:

I am rich

I deserv [sic] it

I am good,

healthy & successful

The application is described as “a work of art with no hidden function at all”, with its only purpose being to show other people that they were able to afford it; I Am Rich was sold on the App Store for US$999.99 (equivalent to $1,187 in 2019), €799.99, and GB£599.99 (equivalent to £806.54 in 2019), the highest price Apple allowed for App Store content. The application was removed from the App Store without explanation by Ap… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

9 thoughts on “Meet the I am Rich app, sold for $999.99 on the App Store in 2008. It received 8 downloads and only showed an image of a diamond, with no other functionality.”

  1. komandanto_en_bovajo

    I remember around the same time there was an app called something like “Throw Me to Heaven” which encouraged you to throw your iPhone as high as possible, with a leaderboard for the highest throws. Many iPhones died from that app. Needless to say Apple banned it too.

    Edit: it was “Send Me to Heaven”

    https://www.wired.com/2013/09/send-me-to-heaven-app/

  2. Nutzerkonto

    >This is not a joke! I need someone from apple to help me with this scam. I saw this app with a few friends and we jokingly clicked ‘buy’ thinking it was a JOKE, to see what would happen….I called my visa card and they verified I was charged $999.99. THIS IS NO JOKE. DO NOT BUY THIS APP. BEWARE..

    Who would expect that “buy” with a pricetag charges your visa card? Scam!

  3. DocFalko

    Nowadays that money buys you a few thousand diamonds in the pay-to-win game of your choice.

  4. lotofthoughtz

    Does anyone have a cracked version?!

  5. royxsong

    I think a diamond serves the same purpose – showing people I’m rich without other functionality

  6. king063

    I remember having this app.

    I jailbroke my first iPod touch and this app was very popular (it was free of course).

  7. on_

    that’s like buying a wedding cake and having a cake fight on a parking lot with your brother because it doesn’t fit on your skateboard back your way home

  8. ChronicBitRot

    I remember when this happened. My roommate had lost his job and was giving iPhone app development a go while he looked for new work. He’d successfully released one app that was making something like $100-200/month and had what seemed like a pretty solid idea for the next app.

    We were having beers one night and he joked about writing an app exactly like this. “Just an app with a really fancy icon that does absolutely nothing but display that you have the money to waste on it. I could code it in ten minutes and even if only one or two idiots bought it, it would still be totally worth it,” he said.

    He should have gone upstairs and coded it right then because I don’t even think it was a week later when we read the story about this app and that 8 people downloaded it in a day. He smashed his keyboard on his desk over it, he was furious.

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