Quick App: Wolfram Alpha Computational Knowledge Engine for iPhone

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha [$49.00 - iTunes link] for iPhone (and iPod touch) is the "computational knowledge engine" made mobile. While the website is (currently?) free, the iPhone app is decidedly not. But is it worth the premium price? Christian Warren from Mashable says:

It’s a high end graphing calculator (that supports discrete number theory, Calculus derivative and plotting of functions), an almanac, a currency/unit converter and a pretty sophisticated stock analysis tool. And that’s just the beginning.

She shows several examples of the kind of results the Wolfram Alpha app produces, and is particularly impressed with its mortgage calculations and graphical math calculations.

So, for students or those who work in fields that require these specific types of computational features, and Mr. Spock, it very well could be. If anyone tried it out, let us know what you think!

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, The TV Show, Vector, ZEN & TECH, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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BBYM#IM says:

Sort of mathematica in pocket! It would be very usefull for me but I will not pay 50 bucks!

sting7k says:

I can't wait to see the reviews in the app store for this one.

Nic says:

Ummm, doesn't the Wolfram Alpha website work on the iPhone. So I'd be paying $50 for a slightly more convenient form? I don't think so.

KiltBear says:

I'm with Nic on this.
Rene, how does the app differ from the iPhone optimized website, if at all?

LRonHubbard says:

This app is way overpriced (especially for a free website service). I would pay at most $5-10 for this app.

Bill Gates says:

Please bring the price down! I really want to buy this but it is too expensive for me!!

icebike says:

Never found a single use for Wolfram.

"Wolfram|Alpha isn't sure how to compute an answer from your input"

Xamar says:

I know everyone arround here are iPhone users but just FYI there's an Android application for the same purpose for just 1.5 euros.

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