Steve Jobs introducing the App Store in 2008

Steve Jobs introducing the App Store in 2008

As Apple celebrates the 6th anniversary of the App Store today, let’s take a look at the most recent numbers Apple has announced regarding App Store statistics. During the WWDC keynote on June 2nd, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared that the App Store then featured more than 1.2 million apps and counting.

Out of that catalog, App Store customers have downloaded apps more than 75 billion times since the digital store debuted on July 10, 2008. Apple also noted that its platform is home to more than 9 million developers with registered accounts through the Developer Program, a number which was up 47% from the previous year…

On January 7th, Apple announced that those developers had earned $15 billion since the debut of the App Store in 2008. In that announcement, the Cupertino, California company noted that over $10 billion had been spent in the App Store in 2013 alone with $1 billion coming from December 2013.

In April, Apple shared that the company then had over 800 million registered iTunes accounts around the world with the majority having credit cards attached with access to the App Store.

Other notable milestones along the way include the expansion of the App Store on iPad as the tablet went on sale on April 3, 2010. After having success on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch by creating instant access to new software through digital downloads and digital payments, Apple brought the benefits of the App Store model to the Mac with OS X 10.6.6 on January 6, 2011.


Since its debut on July 10, 2008, the App Store on iOS has seen many iterations and improvements adding features like in-app purchases, purchases backed up in the cloud, additional curated sections, a dedicated Kids category, and more.

With the release of iOS 8 this fall, Apple has some major changes planned for the App Store including Shared Family accounts, a new Explore tab for discovering new apps, and several new developer tools like TestFlight and analytics tracking.

To found out the App Store’s 6th anniversary, watch Steve Jobs announce the App Store on iPhone from 2008 below:

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