iOS Surpasses One Million Approved Apps

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Posted 5 years ago

Apple has approved 1 million apps since its marketplace opened in July 2008, according to industry trackers.

Mobile app tracking developer Appsfire revealed its findings on Twitter on Monday, saying that more than 1 million individual applications have been approved for the App Store since its launch – that figure includes both apps that are currently available and apps that have appeared on the App Store but have since been removed or phased out.

The Next Web was first to report on the story, with Appsfire co-founder giving some specifics on the one million figure. TNW reported that “Of the one million app submissions since 2008, 493,289 were paid and 158,848 were games. Of the 736,247 apps that are currently live 336,270 are paid (around 45 percent), while 120,065 are games (around 16 percent).”

Apple announced last month that its App Store had reached 700,000 apps available, but we shouldn’t expect them to be forthcoming in confirming this news – at least not publicly anyway. As TechRadar points out: “an estimated 264,753 apps – more than a quarter of all apps submitted to the app store have been pulled from the store since its creation in 2008, including 157,028 paid apps,” not exactly great figures for Apple’s approval process. Apple likes people to believe the app submission process is strict and thorough, but, in actual fact, it is notorious for passing apps that infringe on copyright. To be fair to Apple, infringing apps are generally pulled from the App Store quickly, but the fact that they are reaching that stage in the first place has to be a little but worrying.

Google, Apple’s biggest rival, has recently announced that the Play Store now has 700,000 apps, rapidly closing in on iOS, and the two will now have their sights firmly set on being the first to reach the 1 million apps available milestone.

– Anthony Carter

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