Last year was a great time to be an iOS app developer, according to numbers released by Apple.
In 2014, apps generated over $10 billion in revenue for developers, which was a 50 percent increase over 2013. To date, App Store developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion in revenue from the sale of apps and games.
In its first release of the year, Apple noted that New Year’s Day 2015 was the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history.
According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services:
This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community. We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.
Since first launching, the iOS ecosystem has helped create 627,000 jobs in the United States. Apple highlights this on a special webpage, and was noted by CEO Tim Cook on Twitter.
We’re proud to create 1M+ US jobs in all 50 states and ring in another record-breaking year for developers globally. http://t.co/kQeHQVCGou
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 8, 2015
The App Store first launched in 2008. It currently offers more than 1.4 million apps for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, across 155 countries. A total of 725,000 of these apps are made for iPad.