Apple has reached a new record. The company announced today that there have been 40 billion app downloads in its App Store since 2008. Of the 40 billion apps downloaded in total, almost 20 billion were downloaded in 2012 (2 billion apps downloaded in December).
This number is far from Google‘s Android operating system, which surpassed 50 million downloads.
According to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, ”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”.
“Our success on iOS has been incredible,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products for Autodesk. “We set off with the modest goal of bringing SketchBook to iPhone users as a way of introducing them to Autodesk. Fast forward three years, we now offer 20 apps to iOS users that have achieved more than 50 million downloads, and we continue to roll out new creativity and design tools that appeal to both professionals and consumers.”
Apple has now over 500 million active accounts and over 775,000 apps available for its iOS devices. Also $7 billion has been paid out to iOS developers. Based on those numbers, it only appears that Apple’s App Store growth is accelerating.
Just as an example, two game development companies, Backflip Studios and Supercell, brought in more than $100 million combined for their games like Clash of Clans and DragonVale, Apple said. Plus, the team at Imangi Studios was happy to see that their game Temple Run, was downloaded more than 75 million times.