Apple shares major milestones as App Store closes in on 10th anniversary

As App Store turns 10, Apple drops heavy hints of AR future

To date, more than 4.5 million apps have been released on the iOS App Store with 77 per cent of all apps on its platform being games. In general, users should avoid downloading apps from any place other than official stores. As you can see, subscription services like Netflix, Spotify, and even Tinder, bring the big bucks for Apple when it comes to apps, yet games account for the whopping 70% of the App Store revenue, play on!

Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem, so from the beginning, Apple has taken great care in providing clear guidelines to developers and thoughtfully curating a safe, trusted app marketplace to ensure the best experience possible for customers around the world to discover and access apps.

Apple also delved into how the App Store allowed developers to combine Apple devices' hardware with their software, allowing apps to do more than many had ever dreamed. Thanks to these innovative tools, customers are increasingly able to use iOS and Apple Watch apps to monitor their overall health and well-being.

The latest report from App Annie pays testimony to that, as it shows that in 2017, despite the fact that the Google Play Store accounted for 70% of all app downloads, the App Store was responsible for 66% of the revenue obtained by app developers, almost two-thirds of the total number. What started with 500 apps in 2008 now has over 2.03 million as at the first quarter of 2018, according to Statista Apps designed especially for the iPad, which was first introduced in 2010, are at more than 1.3 million. More than 500 doctors have also used the company's suite of wellness tools for clinical studies. Without it, AssistiveWare would likely still be a one-man Mac developer.

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Coming to overall app downloads, Facebook is the most downloaded app both in India and world.

Apple says its awarded scholarships for student developers at WWDC have grown from 150 in 2013, to over 350 in 2018. "Our first game, Imangi, launched the day the App Store opened. Humanizing apps can only be a good thing and showcasing how they're made will inspire the next generation of creators from every corner of the world". While the implementation wasn't ideal as evidenced by the sheer amount of these apps on the store, it was nevertheless a novel concept until companies like EA started to think it was okay to do the same thing with a full blown $60 game.

As for the original App Store, growth will continue and Apple predicts its gross margin to improve as App Store revenue and other services revenue increases in years to come.

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