App sales Reach 40bn for Apple

News Article - Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:52

By: Kerry Butters Category: Connectivity

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.

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