September 28, 2009
Apple has announced that more than two billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store since its inception a little over one year ago.
“The rate of App Store downloads continues to accelerate with users downloading a staggering two billion apps in just over a year, including more than half a billion apps this quarter alone,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it.”In mid-July, Apple announced that more than 1.5 billion apps had been downloaded from the App Store, which means that over half a billion apps have been downloaded in less than three full months. Apple also revealed that there are now more than 85,000 apps available in the App Store to over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch customers worldwide. On top of all of those ridiculously large numbers, there are more than 125,000 developers registered in Apple's iPhone Developer Program. The App Store is on the fast track to 100,000 apps, which is good and bad news. The good news is that we have a wide variety of apps to choose from, but the bad news, as we all know by now, is that many of these apps can be considered throwaway apps. Apple has made it apparent that they are trying to help customers find the apps that best suit them with new features like Genius technology, but that just may not be enough, especially since the App Store is growing at an exponential rate. Anyone want to guess when we will see the App Store hit three billion downloads? How about 100,000 available apps?