Apple App Store Reaches 3 Billion Downloads Milestone

Apple Inc. has claimed that a massive three billion iPhone and iPod Touch apps have been downloaded from its signature App Store unveiled back 18 months ago.

Launched on 10 July 2008, Apple’s App Store now offers more than 100,000 apps to around 50 million iPhone and iPod Touch users across the globe. Back in April last year, Apple said that it had registered one billion app downloads from the store, and at that time the total count of iPhone and iPod Touch users stood at around 37 million.

Boasting the remarkable growth the App Store has attained, Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs said "Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months--this is like nothing we've ever seen before".

Slamming any sort of competition that could challenge the App Store’s dominance in the foreseeable future, Jobs noted "The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon."

Apple has unarguably set up a trend with its phenomenal App Store and has shown the tech sector an innovative business model, with a number of the Silicon Valley majors following the company's example.

Our Comments

Apple has managed to move the focus from hardware to software. Even though technically the iPhone is obsolete, the fact that the iPhone OS and the App store are still superior to the existing competition means that Apple will not have to worry about its rivals for now.

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