Apple App Store Milestone: 100,000 apps

Reaching yet another milestone, Apple's App Store has broken the 100,000 approved applications mark. According to TheNextWeb, Apple has approved 101,713 applications and games.

Of course, not all of these are available immediately as many have just been accepted. The App Store currently has 93,000 released applications. This is up from a reported 65,000 in August.

According to iPhonesTalk, analysts have predicted the 200,000 mark will be reached next year and by the end of 2010, there will be 250,000 applications.

Some recent additions to the app store include an app from NASA which brings countdown clocks, videos and Twitter feeds to the iPhone. Reportedly, this app will even let you know when the Space Station is passing overhead! Also, TomTom has released an App offering turn-by-turn directions.

100,000 apps certainly offers a lot of choice to the end-user and App Store users should be pleased with the milestone.

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The only people who complain about the app store are people without iPhones. There is plenty of useful stuff, and just because YOU don't find it valid does not mean everyone agrees with you.

bob_c_b said,
The only people who complain about the app store are people without iPhones. There is plenty of useful stuff, and just because YOU don't find it valid does not mean everyone agrees with you.


I have one and I complain about the store... your argument seems to be flawed :P

Hmm. Maybe in some years they can surpass the number of Windows Mobile apps. It won't be a problem since there aren't many fart apps for WM.

Are you the only one in possession of this secret Windows Mobile that has FIVES TIMES as many apps as Microsoft themselves claim?

dp123 said,
Are you the only one in possession of this secret Windows Mobile that has FIVES TIMES as many apps as Microsoft themselves claim?

After Apple banned Khalid Shaikh, founder of Perfect Acumen (3rd most prolific developer), I employed him. Now he's porting his thousands of crap-apps to WM. I wonder what are #1 and #2 doing.

Yes, yes, most of the 100,000 are nothing special.

But, anyone with an iPhone can tell you, there are still a ton of REALLY nice apps available.

Some of my favorites:

LogMeIn Ignition - Great way to get to all my Desktops remotely.
Facebook - Perfect mobile version.
Dropbox - Access my files from anywhere, and upload directly from the iPhone to my computer.
Twitter - Twitterific is what I use, but many people pay for other clients.
Vonage - This lets me make calls from my iPhone using my Home phone number.
Mint.com - View bank/budget information any time.
MySpace - Like the Facebook app.
Pandora - Internet streaming radio anywhere I go.
Shazam - Identify a song that is playing.
AroundMe - Find anything, anywhere around you.
Evernote - All my notes, synced between my computer and my iPhone.
Photoshop Mobile - A nice image editor from Adobe.

Plus TONS of games. Many by some big names.
Bejeweled 2 - Perfect port.
Peggle - Another perfect port.
Geo-Defense and Geo-Defense Swarm - Tower Defense with Geometry Wars graphics!
Civilization Revolution
Doom Resurrection
Sims 3
Space Invaders: Infinity Gene
Wolfenstein RPG
Blades of Fury - A Soul Calibur clone!
Madden 2010
Dungeon Hunter - A Diablo clone!
Resident Evil 4
Tyrian - Someone ported this from DOS!

It's like any popular system. Tons of "shovelware", but still some really nice gems.

If it takes 100,000 apps to bring on 300 great ones, then I'll be looking forward to 200,000 so that I'll have 600 great ones to choose from.

Xenomorph said,


Thank you Xenomorph, the only quality interesting post to read in this newstory, thank you for saving it from the trolls.

I agree. I've bought many more apps for my iPhone than for my computer. I've probably spent more too - maybe $100+?

The PC has many millions of apps available, and the vast majority are crap or not what you want, but the fact that there are people out there making many PC apps means you as a user get the app you want! That's why this site is here, because the PC has a large ecosystem. That's what the 100,000 figure is telling you.

As a user you can ignore the 99,000 apps you don't care about and focus on the really good ones that make your life a bit easier or as Apple would say, 'funner'.

Xenomorph said,
Yes, yes, most of the 100,000 are nothing special.

But, anyone with an iPhone can tell you, there are still a ton of REALLY nice apps available.

Some of my favorites:

LogMeIn Ignition - Great way to get to all my Desktops remotely.
Facebook - Perfect mobile version.
Dropbox - Access my files from anywhere, and upload directly from the iPhone to my computer.
Twitter - Twitterific is what I use, but many people pay for other clients.
Vonage - This lets me make calls from my iPhone using my Home phone number.
Mint.com - View bank/budget information any time.
MySpace - Like the Facebook app.
Pandora - Internet streaming radio anywhere I go.
Shazam - Identify a song that is playing.
AroundMe - Find anything, anywhere around you.
Evernote - All my notes, synced between my computer and my iPhone.
Photoshop Mobile - A nice image editor from Adobe.

Plus TONS of games. Many by some big names.
Bejeweled 2 - Perfect port.
Peggle - Another perfect port.
Geo-Defense and Geo-Defense Swarm - Tower Defense with Geometry Wars graphics!
Civilization Revolution
Doom Resurrection
Sims 3
Space Invaders: Infinity Gene
Wolfenstein RPG
Blades of Fury - A Soul Calibur clone!
Madden 2010
Dungeon Hunter - A Diablo clone!
Resident Evil 4
Tyrian - Someone ported this from DOS!

It's like any popular system. Tons of "shovelware", but still some really nice gems.

If it takes 100,000 apps to bring on 300 great ones, then I'll be looking forward to 200,000 so that I'll have 600 great ones to choose from.



Yep, Shazam is brill. As a DJ I use it loads ...

how many of these are "flash light" apps or simple one function apps... there are very few full featured usefull apps that are worth the money (some full featured ones are expensive)

Well let me be the first, apparently, to say congratulations for Apple... 100,000 apps is an epic amount. (look at that, a comment on an Apple article without an insult, you guys should try it some time)

Sam Symons said,
Well let me be the first, apparently, to say congratulations for Apple? 100,000 apps is an epic amount. (look at that, a comment on an Apple article without an insult, you guys should try it some time)


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void main()
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void main()
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I can go on and reach 100000 and more as well....

Apple App Store Milestone: 100,000 apps
... and McDonalds has sold over 100 billion hamburgers - who cares

But really?

You need an app to split the bill at dinner? Can't do grade-school math in your head?

You need an app to track down your friends on a map? Can't call them instead of stalk them?

You need an app to read a book? You can't just read a bleeping book?

Apple needs an app that filters out the 99% of utter garbage that no one really needs in the first place.

C_Guy said,
But really?

You need an app to split the bill at dinner? Can't do grade-school math in your head?

You need an app to track down your friends on a map? Can't call them instead of stalk them?

You need an app to read a book? You can't just read a bleeping book?

Apple needs an app that filters out the 99% of utter garbage that no one really needs in the first place.

Are you for real?

Games are an utter waste of time, and add nothing of real world value.

Go out and play football/soccer/hockey/hunt zombies.

I guess MS/Sony/Nintendo should stop supporting game releases.

Yeah, that'll happen.

100,000 apps certainly offers a lot of choice to the end-user and App Store users should be pleased with the milestone.

I call bull****, iPhone users should be outraged by the amount of useless crap they have to wade through to find anything decent.

I would never buy an iPhone, and 100k apps is one of the many many reasons why. That's just insanity, they focus far too much on Quantity and not nearly enough on Quality.

As long as there's a decent way to sieve the useful ones out it doesn't really matter - but yes this is not doubt a marketing gimmick.


Something amused me was a few weeks a go on Watchdog (UK consumer rights tv program) it was showing people with iPhones who had them go into "coma mode" (useless until hard rebooted - but no way of knowing its happened unless you check - some guy was carrying around a second phone as a solution - lol). Apple had supposedly fixed the problem but many people were still having it.

One supposed expert said it was down to poor Apps - Apple responded by saying it wasn't the apps (does that mean its the phone then?) and also said no matter how many apps you have the performance isnt affected as you can only run one at a time (thinking maybe something not to brag too much about).

Other strange comments included telling you to "plug your phone into iTunes".

vaximily said,
I call bull****, iPhone users should be outraged by the amount of useless crap they have to wade through to find anything decent.

I would never buy an iPhone, and 100k apps is one of the many many reasons why. That's just insanity, they focus far too much on Quantity and not nearly enough on Quality.


Do you mean Apple focuses too much on quantity? To be fair, they don't develop the applications. Other people do. And they do reject ones that are absurd, then you see headlines stating how barbaric they are. I know what you're getting at, but should Apple reject developers just because they think their app sucks?

vaximily said,
I call bull****, iPhone users should be outraged by the amount of useless crap they have to wade through to find anything decent.

I would never buy an iPhone, and 100k apps is one of the many many reasons why. That's just insanity, they focus far too much on Quantity and not nearly enough on Quality.

And if they were to weed out what they thought was 'crap', people would be hunting them down with pitchforks, just like they do now for any other app rejection.

I would say there is less than 1000 decent, worth buying applications on there. I found myself using the search for applications when seeing them on sites, neowin and youtube videos.