WWDC 2012: Tim Cook calls App Store “an ecosystem in and of itself”, reveals recent facts and figures

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Next month marks the 4th anniversary of the App Store, and wow, how big it has grown. When the store first launched on July 11, 2008, there were only 500 apps available for download. In just three days, this number grew to 800 available apps, which were already downloaded a total of 10 million times. In one year, the number of available apps increased to 65,000 – an increase of 8,025%; however, the number of downloads grew at an even faster rate to total 1.5 billion. Last year in July, there were 425,000 apps and 15 billion downloads in the App Store.

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the latest stats about the App Store. To date, there are approximately 650,000 available apps with 225,000 of these apps made specifically for iPad. App downloads top 30 billion. And there are more than 400 million accounts (with registered credit cards) in the App Store.

From 500 to 650,000 available apps, and from 0 to 30 billion downloads, Apple’s App Store has grown into “an economy in and of itself” over the course of 4 short years. And with the popularity of apps and smartphones rising, the App Store won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Stay tuned as we reveal more stats next month when the App Store turns 4 years old!

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