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  • Apple Has Paid Roughly $4 Billion to App Store Developers


    Apple announced having paid over $1 billion to developers in June of 2010 after two years of the App Store sales involving over five billion downloads. This number than jumped to $2.5 billion and more than doubled in both size and pace in just one year. After the launch of the iPhone 4S, Apple ended up selling 250 million iOS devices and the App Store had grown to a total of 18 billion downloads, paying out over $3 billion to developers. The Cupertino giant has no reached $700,000 in payments to developers in just this past quarter, pushing its cumulative payouts to developers above $4 billion.

    What makes this information a bit more ironic is Eric Schmidt’s (Google’s Chairman) prediction for the first half of 2012. Schmidt predicted that mobile developers would be “prioritizing” Android development over iOS stating that “ultimately, application vendors are driven by volume, and volume is favored by the open approach Google is taking.” This definitely doesn’t seem to be the case as the numbers for Apple continually grow beyond expectations.

    As more consumers get their hands on an iOS device, the numbers will continually grow exponentially. Given that the iPad 3 is rumored to launch in the upcoming months, it is likely that there will be another surge in not only iOS device sales but also app downloads and therefore payments to developers. It seems to be a booming industry and developers seem to have the formula for success by creating a useful app for the iOS platform.

    Are you surprised by the numbers? Are you planning on developing an app or learning how to do just that? Share any thoughts, comments, and experiences below!

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Has Paid Roughly $4 Billion to App Store Developers started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      Why is apple paying so much to developers? I'm confused....

      Is this the money developers made by selling apps? That wouldn't equilibrate to apple paying developers.
    1. Lewnsy78's Avatar
      Lewnsy78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JacquesChirac View Post
      Why is apple paying so much to developers? I'm confused....

      Is this the money developers made by selling apps? That wouldn't equilibrate to apple paying developers.
      Yes I think it's the 70% of the sale of the devs apps!!
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by JacquesChirac View Post
      Why is apple paying so much to developers? I'm confused....

      Is this the money developers made by selling apps? That wouldn't equilibrate to apple paying developers.
      Apple provides and manages the App Store and collects all the payments for Apps sold through the App Store. So yes, that "equates" to Apple paying developers the App sales fees collected on their behalf. Developers also have the option of selling their Apps elsewhere, like on Cydia, albeit only to owners of jailbroken iPhones. Don't try to minimize Apple's role in developers making Billions of $$ selling Apps for the iPhone.
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      Apple pays developers because all transactions go through them.