The App Store celebrates its 5th Birthday
The 10th July 2008 saw the launch of the Apple App Store, a move that would seemingly change the way we use mobile devices forever. Yesterday, Apple celebrates the stores 5th year running and it is safe to say it’s giving no impression of slowing down soon. Initially launched with just 500 apps, today’s App Store boasts more than 900,000 apps and more than 50 BILLION downloads.
Tim Cook was recently quoted saying that Fifty billion downloads is “a lot of zeros and truly staggering number, for less than five years,” which I don’t think many people can argue with. The rise in apps has played a massive part in the huge boom of tablet products, and inevitable diminish of desktop and laptop computers. However bearing that in mind, and before you decide to quit your job for a crazy idea, this does by no way mean all apps involved have gone on to make the multi-millions we have seen in a few rare occasions.
Figures from Adeven an app tracking service, shows that more than two-thirds of apps in the store have barely been downloaded, even though Apple themselves claim that 90% of apps are downloaded at least once a month.
However, when all is said and done, you have to take your hat of to Apple completely regenerating the way we use technology in the modern era as well as influencing many people to change their lives as well as others around them. The aftermath of Apples success also saw many large computing competitors join suit, with Microsoft, Google and BlackBerry all setting up their own stores.