Apple officially announced some statistics about the App Store today. In a press release, it revealed that over 15 billion apps and games have been downloaded from the App Store. The App Store now houses over 425,000 apps, the largest collection of apps in the world, on any platform.
Even the iPad has been a huge hit with developers, with over 100,000 native iPad apps now available. Other tablet platforms like Android, Blackberry QNX and webOS only have a couple hundred apps each.
“In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen,said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.”
Apple also announced that it had paid out over $2.5 billion to its developers to date. Since it has a 30% cut, this would mean that apps worth about $3.6 billion have been sold to date.
The App Store has been instrumental in making millionaires out of many developers. Many funds like the iFund have been launched by leading VC firms, in order to capitalize on the popularity of iOS apps.
The App Store has revolutionized the way in which applications are delivered. Almost every major smartphone and tablet platform now comes with an application store. Even the Mac OS now has an App Store, and Windows 8 is rumored to launch with one as well.