Apple’s App Store has grown to become quite the success boasting over 30 billion downloads and over $5 billion paid out to developers. It was previously available in 123 countries and Apple constantly seems to be hard at work, trying to bring it to new markets all around the world. At last week’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Tim Cook announced that the App Store would be launching in 32 additional countries but didn’t give an exact date of when.
As of today, the App Store has successfully launched in the 32 additional countries, bringing the total number of countries with App Store access to 155. As seen in the country-selection page within the iTunes Store, these 32 new markets are now available, despite not showing up in Apple’s support page listing under which iTunes Store content is available in which countries.
The majority of the new countries are located in Apple’s African and Asian markets, with the exception of Albania and Ukraine in Europe. The full list of the new App Store countries includes: Albania, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
The fact that the App Store is available in these new countries is really beneficial to Apple and the tech market as well as consumers. The unified iOS platform can now be accessed among a larger area and brought to a potentially untapped market of consumers. For consumers this is great news too because now they have access to all the apps available in past, present, and even going forward.