Last week the Apple App Store celebrated its 5th birthday giving away some popular apps for free and reminding us of some of the biggest milestones the revolutionary store has witnessed since its launch on 10th July 2008.
It seems strange to think that the first iPhone went a whole year without being able to download third party applications, with only 10 pre-loaded apps and no 3G. Today, apps such as The Weather Channel and Google Search have become part of our daily existence, and heaven forbid we go a day without Instagram-ing what we had for lunch to our Facebook friends.
The App Store has arguably lead the mobile boom that has seen the decline of desktop and laptop computers and helped digital agencies like Interdirect cement their expertise in mobile applications.
The App Store's 5th Birthday in Numbers
• 900,000 apps available to download from the App Store compared to its launch with just 500 apps including Facebook, eBay and Shazam.
• 800 apps are downloaded from the App Store per second.
• 50 billion; the number of collective App Store downloads.
• 370,000 apps are native to iPad; since its launch on April 3rd 2010 11,000 iPad specific apps were available within 2 months.
• 155 countries have access to the App Store.
• 575 million accounts have been created since the App Store’s inception.
• $10 billion has been paid out to developers by Apple since 2008, half of which has been paid out in the last year.
• 100 million; Facebook becomes the first App to reach 100 million downloads on October 10th 2011.
• 300,000 jobs related to the App economy have been created in the US.