Apple has officially announced that the App Store has hit another major milestone: 40 billion apps downloaded, of which almost half were in just 2012. With near 20 billion downloads last year, December was a blockbuster month accounting for 2 billion downloads on its lonesome, and there are currently more than 500 million active accounts, and 775,000 apps in the App Store.
40 billion apps, divided by 500 million users? That’s like 80 apps per person, isn’t it? That’s a pretty impressive amount of downloading we’re all doing.
Apple also cited that they have paid out seven billion dollars to developers, and cited a few specific apps:
In 2012, the husband and wife team at Imangi Studios saw their game Temple Run downloaded more than 75 million times; Backflip Studios and Supercell, two emerging game development studios, brought in over $100 million combined for their leading freemium titles DragonVale and Clash of Clans; and emerging services including Uber, Flipboard, HotelTonight, and AirBnB attracted millions of users on iOS. Companies including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Autodesk, Marvel and Major League Baseball continued to expand their iOS offerings, while developers like JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Interactive and Bottle Rocket Apps continued to push the boundaries of what iOS apps can do.
I just checked iTunes, and I’m personally responsible for a rather nice 222 app downloads. What’s your count?