Apple announced yesterday that their customers have now
downloaded more than 40 billion apps from its store, including re-downloads and
updates, and had a record-breaking December, with customers downloading over 2bn
apps in that month alone.
Indeed, at the App Store , the
firm had a great 2012, with almost 20bn apps being downloaded last year. This
also means a bumper year for App developers, who have now created more than
775,000 apps and been paid more than $7bn by Apple."It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community,” said Eddy
Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.
"Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App
Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so
they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”
Most popular downloads were generally games, such as Temple
Run, which was downloaded more than 75mn times and DragonVale along with Clash
of Clans brought in more than $100mn for emerging dev Simplecell.
"The success of our game Temple Run in 2012 was nothing
short of astonishing,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios, who
runs Imangi along with his wife.
"We were simply looking to create a game that was fun and
easy to play, but once it hit the App Store, the game took off. This past year,
we saw more than 75 million downloads of Temple Run on iOS.”
Calvin Cartin of Bottle Rocket Apps went on to say "in my 20
plus years in technology, I have never seen such a vibrant marketplace for
software like the App Store.”
The App store contains 23 categories, including newspapers,
business, news, sports, health and much more.In
other Apple news, it’s
been reported that thieves broke into the Microsoft Campus over the Xmas
period and stole five iPads, but left all Microsoft products behind.