Apple App Store tops 40 billion downloads
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 07, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Apple announced on Monday
that more than 40 billion applications have so far been downloaded
from its online App Store, which was launched in 2008.
Apple said in a press release that the App Store now has over
500 million active accounts, and that nearly 20 billion apps were
downloaded in 2012 alone.
The App Store also hit a new record in December 2012, with over
two billion downloads during the month.
A total of 775,000 different kinds of apps are available now
for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users worldwide, and developers
have been paid over seven billion U.S. dollars by Apple, said the
"It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer
community, " Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet
Software and Services, said of the year 2012.
He noted that Apple will continue to invest in providing
developers "with the best ecosystem so they can create the most
innovative apps in the world."
In the press release, several app developers also hailed the
wild success Apple's App Store had brought to them.
The App Store went online on July 10, 2008, one day before the
iPhone 3G was launched. Google Play, the app store for Google's
Android platform, was released three months later, and caught up
with its Apple counterpart in the total number of apps in October
The timing for Apple's announcement might not be a casual
selection. Last Friday, a research by technology news website The
Sociable suggested that Google Play now is growing faster than the
Apple App Store and will probably pass the million-app mark first
Meanwhile, Apple often announces news during the running period
of the Consumer Electronics Show, an annual event in Las Vegas the
tech giant has stayed away from for years.
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