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macrumors 6502a
Feb 12, 2008
East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
Guys, how much does it cost to create a simple IOS app on average?

There isn't really an "average" app.

It all depends on what you need. I could write you an app that displays the words "Hello World" and not much more in about ten minutes.

At the opposite end of the scale, if you wanted a high-end, epic, graphics intensive 3D game then you might be talking months or years of work.

And bear in mind that 'simple' from a user's perspective isn't always 'simple' from a developer's perspective.

In short, you need to give a lot more detail before anyone can give you a meaningful answer.
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macrumors G3
Jul 29, 2003
Silicon Valley
A number given a few years back was around $35k, but very few apps cost the average amount. It typically takes a lot less or far more. Many simple designs or poor quality apps have been made from templates, or quick turned by offshore shops, for a few hundred to a few thousand USD. But some "simple" user feature additions can easily balloon the eventual cost by 10X or more. And many top tier apps cost from a quarter million USD and on up. If you have access to a recent Mac, you could put an app in the iOS App store yourself for $99/annum plus a very large number of hours following tutorials.
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