Here Is Apple’s Latest App Store Milestone
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) U.S. App Store has recently reached another important milestone, reports MacRumors. According to the latest data from several app-tracking platforms, Apple’s U.S. App Store now has over 1 million live apps. Although Apple revealed at its iPad media event in late October that it already had 1 million apps in its total global app catalog, this is the first time that it has exceeded 1 million apps exclusively in its U.S. App Store.
According to MacRumors, several app-tracking platforms have independently confirmed that the U.S. App Store has over 1 million apps, including app discovery platform Appsfire and app discovery site AppShopper. When the App Store debuted in July 2008, it only featured 500 apps. As noted by MacRumors, Apple has since approved around 1.4 million apps.
In May of this year, Apple crossed the 50 billion app download threshold and marked the occasion by awarding the person who downloaded the 50-billionth app a $10,000 App Store gift card. “We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years,” observed Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue.
Since then, Apple’s App Store has continued to grow at a rapid pace. During Apple’s recent fiscal fourth quarter earnings call, CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted that, “Cumulative app downloads have reached 60 billion and our app developers have now earned $13 billion from sales to the App Store, half of which they’ve earned in the last year.”