Darren Davidson
Sep 29, 2009

Apple breaks two billion barrier for downloaded apps

GLOBAL - Apple's App Store is experiencing unprecedented demand, with half a billon apps being downloaded in the current quarter, taking the total amount through the two billion barrier.

Apple breaks two billion barrier for downloaded apps
The milestone represents a major revenue source for the software giant, with one in four apps being paid-for according to recent research from AdMob in August.

The company today announced a string of big numbers to show how popular its App Store has become, a significant coup for Apple, which spotted the potential before any other smart phone manufacturer.

The California-based company said there are now more than 85,000 apps available to the more than 50 million iPhone and iPod Touch customers worldwide.

Equally impressive is the volume of developers working on apps, with more than 125,000 developers in Apple's iPhone Developer Program.

Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive, said: "The rate of App Store downloads continues to accelerate with users downloading a staggering two billion apps in just over a year, including more than half a billion apps this quarter alone.

"The App Store has reinvented what you can do with a mobile handheld device, and our users are clearly loving it."

The news could help bring back some of the feelgood buzz around the brand, following a lacklustre Apple conference earlier this month in which there few noteworthy announcements to generate the usual hype that accompanies the Apple brand.


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