Apple's App Store passes 25 billion downloads and rewards the customer who put it over the goal with a $10,000 iTunes gift card.
Apple revealed that more
than 25 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store by the users of
the more than 315 million iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices around the globe.
The 25 billionth app
downloaded, "Where's My Water?" (free version), was downloaded by
Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 25
Billion Apps, Chunli Fu will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card, the company
The App Store offers more
than 550,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users in 123 countries
worldwide, with more than 170,000 native iPad apps available. App Store
customers can choose from a wide range of apps in 21 categories, including
Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health and fitness, and travel. The
App Store has paid out more than $4 billion to developers, the company
Wed like to thank our
customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25
billion apps downloaded, said Eddy Cue, Apples senior vice president of
Internet software and services. When we launched the App Store less than four
years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they
have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for
Al Hilwa, applications
development software analyst at research firm IDC, told The
Globe and Mail
the 25 billion milestone is a symbol for the explosive
growth of the app economy. Apps bring a simplicity of interaction that eluded
previous generations, he told the paper. Enterprise applications will
eventually follow consumer ones, marking an industry transition to this style
TechNet, a bipartisan policy
and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the
innovation economy, released a study in February showing that there are now
roughly 466,000 jobs in the App Economy in the United States, up from zero in
2007. The top metro area for App Economy jobs is New York City and its
surrounding suburban counties, although San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.,
together substantially exceed New York.
While California tops the
list of App Economy states with nearly one in four jobs, states, including
Georgia, Florida and Illinois get their share as well. In fact, the report
found more than two-thirds of App Economy employment is outside California and
New York. The results also suggest that the App Economy is growing quickly, and
that the location and number of app-related jobs are likely to shift greatly in
the years ahead.
Americas App Economywhich
had zero jobs just five years ago before the iPhone was introduceddemonstrates
that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge
innovation, said Rey Ramsey, president and CEO of TechNet. The App Economy is
creating jobs in every part of America, employing hundreds of thousands of U.S.
workers today and even more in the years to come.