Apple today announced via a press release that over 15 billion apps have been downloaded from the iOS app store since its inception in July of 2008. All told, the iOS app store houses over 425,000 apps with 100,000+ of them being dedicated iPad apps.
“In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen,” Phil Schiller explained.
Also making a cameo in the press release was Dr. Ge Wang, a Smule co-founder whose apps have been exceedingly popular on Apple’s iOS platform.
“We sparked musical magic when iPhone users experienced Ocarina three years ago,” Wang said. “And now with iPad, we’ve created the Magic Piano and Magic Fiddle apps. Who could’ve dreamt an iPad would make its way into the San Francisco Symphony?” Smule is also the development house behind the immensely popular I am T-Pain app which we highly recommend.
“iPad provides us with an unparalleled mobile device for creating gorgeous, immersive games,” said Mark Rein, vice president and co-founder of Epic Games. “Infinity Blade has been a runaway hit with customers around the world and we couldn’t be more excited about our success on iOS devices.”
“We’re bringing Martha Stewart, Angelina Ballerina, Sesame Street and many more of the world’s most popular books and magazines to iPad,” said Nicholas Callaway, CEO of Callaway Digital Arts. “We knew the iPad was going to be a revolutionary storytelling device, but never could have anticipated it would become so popular, so quickly.”
And while the Mac app store continues to grow slowly but surely, the iOS app store remains a freight train that competiors can’t even come close to catching.