Connecticut Teen Wins 1 Billionth Apple iPhone App Contest
Apple announced that 13-year-old Connor Mulcahey of Weston, Connecticut won its billion App countdown contest, receiving a MacBook Pro, $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod Touch, and a Time Capsule. The App he downloaded to win was Bump, by Bump Technologies, which allows users to bump their iPhones together in order to exchange contact information.
The winner of Apple's
billion App countdown contest is a 13-year-old from Weston, Connecticut, who
downloaded Bump, an application that lets users bump their iPhones together in
order to exchange contact information.
Winner Connor Mulcahey will receive a MacBook Pro, a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod Touch, and a Time Capsule.
Apple hosted the
contest in connection with its App Store, originally launched in July 8, reaching
a billion Apps downloaded by users. The milestone was reached on April 23,
and Apple marked the event with large ads in The New York Times and other
high-profile media outlets.
The App Store
has grown to offer over 25,000 applications, with its most popular ones
including Facebook for iPhone and Google Earth, as well as games
such as Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D. It ran into controversy
earlier this week over a 99-cent "Baby
Shaker" App that was eventually pulled from the App Store after protests; an
Apple spokesperson later characterized the program as "deeply offensive."
The iPhone has also grown to offer more enterprise-centric Apps from SAP, Salesforce.com and others.
The iPhone has
also become a stronger device for the enterprise with the inclusion of business-oriented
Apps by SAP, Salesforce.com and others.
Roughly 17 million users in 80 countries are iPhone users, according to the company. Some 3.7 million devices were shipped during the first quarter of 2009, helping propel Apple to strong quarterly results that included net profit rising to $1.21 billion from $1.05 billion a year ago, with gross margins of 36.4 percent.