It was going to happen sooner or later, and in the end it happened yesterday: the Apple App Store passed the significant milestone of one million submitted iOS apps since its doors opened back in July 2008.
That's the total number of apps that have been submitted, mind – more than one in four have since been replaced or removed, leaving the current live app count on the App Store at around 736,000.
So says app store tracker Appsfire, and the figure sounds about right too given Apple CEO Tim Cook's pronouncement at the iPad mini launch that the 700,000 mark had been passed.
Of course, at a certain point it becomes just a number, since none of us has the time to download never mind use more than a tiny fraction of that total, and any one device can only hold so many apps anyway.
But there's another number that serves as a far more meaningful gauge of the App Store's value against rival app marketplaces: 493,000-odd of the million apps submitted to Apple to date have been paid applications.
It's a commonly accepted fact that on average, iOS users spend more on apps than Android users, and that's why developers keep coming back to iOS, and why that app count number shows no sign of slowing its advance even now that the magical million mark has been reached.
Via The Next Web