Apple launched the first instalment of its now iconic iPhone series back into 2007. The launch of this device changed the way we use our mobile phones forever, not only because of its features, but also its integration with Apple services such as the AppStore. The ability to download apps onto a smartphone gave users the opportunity to instantly skyrocket the versatility of the device, turning it into much more than the phone. Today, the AppStore is used by millions of people on a daily basis 155 countries around the world.
While Apple was the first to launch an application download service for its handsets, other operating systems quickly followed suit, with the likes of Google Play and Windows Marketplace becoming increasingly popular. However, many people regard the AppStore as the superior application download service, on account of its catalogue of over 750,000 apps (which is growing on a daily basis), and the quality of applications which comes as a result of being optimised for Apple devices. Visit us at PhonesLimited where we compare all the popular iPhone 5 Deals and contract offers for the iPhone 4S.
It was only a couple of years that Apple announced that the number of application downloads from the AppStore had reached the one billion milestone. This week though, Apple has made another announcement, and the number of applications downloaded from the AppStore has now surpassed the 40 billion mark, which demonstrates the growth in popularity of the service. What makes this number even more impressive is the fact that this only accounts for new downloads, and does not take into account apps which had been downloaded by users and installed onto different devices, or updates or re-downloads.
According to an article over at SlashGear, over two billion apps were downloaded from the AppStore in December 2012 alone. Of course, the September launch of the iPhone 5 will have significantly contributed to this number, on account of the phone selling well over five million units during its opening weekend on the market.