Apple iOS App Store exceeds 40 billion downloads, J.J. Abrams is pleased

Last week, a third party report claimed that there were a combined 1.76 billion downloads of iOS and Android apps between December 25th and 31st. Today, Apple announced that the total number of downloads from its iOS App Store has now exceeded the 40 billion mark, including nearly half of that number just in 2012.

Apple claims that during December, it had over two million downloads from the store. Since the app store launch, Apple claims that it has generated over $7 billion in revenue for app developers. That includes over $100 million in combined revenue for two development teams, Backflip Studios and Supercell, thanks to in-game purchases for their free-to-play games DragonVale and Clash of Clans.

The app store isn't just about games. A popular recent app is Action Movie FX, which was developed by Bad Robot Interactive, headed up by Lost creator and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. The app blends in visual effects such as explosions and lasers to user created videos. Abrams said, " ... we’re just thrilled that millions of fans around the world were as excited as we were about the possibilities that this app brings."

Apple said that there are now 775,000 apps available for download and over 300,000 of them are native for the iPad.

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i guess neowin just have to work jj abrams into this piece of sheet news to lighten its severe impact on the winmo fanboys. lol. i can understand that.

Cant really call this a Windows site anymore. It has a good mix of all different types of the main companies. Apple, MS, Google.....

I hope people stop comparing the number of apps, people think more apps = more apps they will like, it means nothing. Revenue of the apps, download figures and their distribution is what matters. More apps in the marketplace makes it less attractive to new apps or developers. 80% of paid iOS apps only earn 3% of the revenue or $210m over 390,000 apps over a period of 4 years. So the average yearly revenue for 390,000 apps is $135 are these 390,000 apps (50% of the marketplace) really worth bragging about?

Gaffney said,
I hope people stop comparing the number of apps, people think more apps = more apps they will like, it means nothing. Revenue of the apps, download figures and their distribution is what matters. More apps in the marketplace makes it less attractive to new apps or developers. 80% of paid iOS apps only earn 3% of the revenue or $210m over 390,000 apps over a period of 4 years. So the average yearly revenue for 390,000 apps is $135 are these 390,000 apps (50% of the marketplace) really worth bragging about?

What's the source for your numbers ?

Gaffney said,
I hope people stop comparing the number of apps, people think more apps = more apps they will like, it means nothing. Revenue of the apps, download figures and their distribution is what matters. More apps in the marketplace makes it less attractive to new apps or developers. 80% of paid iOS apps only earn 3% of the revenue or $210m over 390,000 apps over a period of 4 years. So the average yearly revenue for 390,000 apps is $135 are these 390,000 apps (50% of the marketplace) really worth bragging about?

What's the source for your numbers ?

For comparison...

The last figures Apple provided were 700,000 apps in September, and 275,000 iPad apps in October. This is a rate of 641 apps per day on average for iOS in general, and 427 apps per day on the iPad specifically. Before Christmas, the Windows Store was growing at 432 apps per day on average (this rate dropped in half over the Holidays. as reviewers were given a break). The Windows Phone Store is growing at a rate of about 275 apps per day.

Now I don't know how to combine these two figures for a proper comparison of the ecosystems over all (does an iPad + iPhone app count as 2 apps or 1 for iOS?), but the straight tablet-tablet comparison shows the Windows tablet ecosystem, even though brand new, is growing just as fast as iPad.

I just wish I had some figures for Android for comparison. How many tablet apps are on Android?

neonspark said,
so this is like when macdonald's says they serve a billion burgers...nobody cares.

Those who develop for iOS care. You would, too, if you were one of them.

Hollow.Droid said,
The sad part is you could change App Store to Windows Phone Marketplace and you'd have a circlejerk of unimaginable proportions here.

ouch. lmao.