Apple's iOS App Store reaches 25 billion download mark

In mid-February, Apple announced that it was fast approaching the time when the its iOS App Store would have its 25 billionth download. Early on Saturday morning in the Eastern time zone, that mark was met and exceeded as Apple announced that this rather remarkable milestone was in fact achieved.

Apple broke the 10 billionth app mark just over a year ago on January 22, 2011, and as they did last year, Apple held a contest to mark the occasion of the 25 billionth download. Apple will give away a $10,000 gift card to one lucky person who signed up for the giveaway before the new download record was reached. At the time of this writing, the winner of that rather massive prize has yet to be named.

The iOS App Store, which was first launched in July 2008, reached the 1 billion app download mark in April 2009. Obviously, the rate of app downloads has increased massively since then. With Apple's upcoming next iPad product due to be announced next week, there doesn't seem to be any way that the amount of apps and the number of app downloads will start to even slow down any time in the near future.

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and Windows, linux, unix, etc has had hundreds of billions of programs downloaded, they just dont track them (yet)..