Apple: App Store Up to 40 Billion Application Downloads
The App Store is one of the most popular application stores available today, and Apple once again illustrates their dominance in the field by showing off
that the App Store has had over 40 billion application downloads to date – 20 billion of these being in 2012 alone. Apple claims that these numbers only count unique downloads, and not re-downloads or updates of applications.
Apple continues by saying that the App Store has over 775,000 unique applications for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad – 300,000 of which are designed specifically for the iPad. It is also shared that the App Store has over 500 million user accounts, which are used to download these applications on Apple's devices.
With Apple’s iOS devices being as popular as they are, it’s no wonder that so many developers have brought their creations to the App Store. Apple takes a 30% cut from developers’ sale revenue for hosting their work in Apple’s App Store, and developers get 70% of that, which isn't too bad, since developers get to choose their asking price.
In years to come, as more people adopt iOS devices, it is expected that the number of applications will only continue to grow at large rates. Developers always find ways to create useful applications that take advantage of the device’s hardware, or even have more functionality than Apple’s stock applications. At the same time however, many not-so-useful applications manage to find their way in.