Apple announced a set of staggering numbers for their App Store today. The headline number is 40 billion. 40 billion app downloads that is, and that’s unique downloads too – not counting updates or re-downloads.
An even more striking number is this one: there were nearly 20 billion downloads in 2012 alone.
Another impressive and iPad-specific number is 333,789. That’s the number of native iPad apps currently available. Apple announced that there are more than 300,000 – that more precise figure comes via Appshopper.com.
Apple’s press release on these numbers highlights the success of a number of iOS app publishers – from a husband and wife team to some of the big outfits who have had incredible results on the App Store, such as Autodesk:
“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.”
It’s long been held that ‘apps make the platform’ and the superb scope and quality of apps available for the iPad continues to be a major reason why it’s such a killer device.