The numbers do not lie: 453 days after the iPad debuted on April 3, 2010, there are now over 100,000 apps available for it for download. While this milestone is important, it means nothing unless compared to the competition and by looking at what it means for the future of iOS. MacStories was the first to announce this new App Store milestone.
As of today, Apple has approved 101,161 apps specifically geared for the iPad or those upgraded to become universal. This means that on average, 220 new iPad apps are approved for sale each day.
While crossing the 100,000 app milestone is significant for Apple and iPad customers alike, it remains just a number and one that will continue to grow.
What does make the number significant is it provides further proof to developers that the iPad is a place to be successful. Couple that with the new tools coming with iOS 5 and you have a very good environment.
Plus, consider how this number relates to the competition, namely to Google’s Android Marketplace.
According to a GottaBeMobile report released in May, there are only 100 Android 3.0 Honeycomb apps available for tablets.
That’s right: 100,000 versus 100.
For those keeping score, it took 425 days for the App Store to amass the same number of apps for the iPhone/iPod touch.