Apple's App Store eclipses 1M iOS app submissions
Developers have submitted more than 1 million iOS applications to Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store since the digital marketplace went live in mid-2008, according to data compiled by app discovery firm Appsfire.
Breaking down the App Store's history by category, Appsfire reports that iOS developers have submitted 493,289 paid apps over the last four years--among the 736,247 apps currently live in the store, paid apps account for 336,270 (about 45 percent). Developers also have submitted 158,848 iOS games to date, with 120,065 currently live (making up around 16 percent of the total App Store inventory). There are multiple reasons why the numbers of submitted apps and live apps do not match: Some developers have removed their apps from the store, while Apple has deleted others over copyright infringements, policy violations and other publisher missteps.
Consumers have downloaded more than 35 million iOS apps to date; Apple awards developers 70 percent of all revenues collected from premium downloads, and developer payouts now exceed $6.5 billion. Speaking in September at Apple's iPhone 5 launch event, CEO Tim Cook said that 90 percent of all iOS applications in the App Store are downloaded at least once every month: "There's something [in the App Store] for everyone," he said. "And believe it or not, every app has its fans." Cook added that the average iOS device owner uses more than 100 apps in all.
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