iOS App Store Passes 40 Billion Download Mark
January 7, 2013

App Store Downloads Reach 40 Billion Downloads Since 2008

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

Apple device users have downloaded more than 40 billion iOS apps since the company's App Store launched in 2008, the Cupertino, California-based company announced on Monday.

Those 40 billion unique downloads do not include updates or re-downloads of already purchased products, the iPad, iPhone, and iPod manufacturer noted, and half of those total downloads came in 2012 alone.

Furthermore, according to Mac Observer, there are more than 500 million accounts currently active on the App Store.

"It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community," Eddy Cue, the Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services for Apple, said in a statement.

"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," he added.

As Apple Insider points out, the company's announcement coincides with the opening of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the industry's largest annual trade show.

Despite CES's prestigious status, Apple does not participate in the event, so they used Monday's announcement to "tout the success of several developers, including Imangi Studios, run by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova," the website added.

“The success of our game Temple Run in 2012 was nothing short of astonishing,” Shepherd was quoted as saying by Apple in their statement. "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."

Of the 775,000 apps currently available for download on iOS devices, more than 300,000 of them are specifically designed for Apple's iPad tablet computer, says Seth Fiegerman of Mashable. Since October, more than 75,000 total apps and 50,000 iPad-only apps have been added to the company's mobile download marketplace.

"Apple offers developers a wealth of resources and tools to help them make great apps, plus a robust ecosystem and marketplace which provide customers a safe and easy way to discover them," the company said. "Apple also provides developers great ways to monetize apps including in-app purchase, subscriptions and advertising, and helps market and support developer efforts in the App Store and beyond."