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6M developers in Apple ecosystem, $10B paid in revenue

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6M developers in Apple ecosystem, $10B paid in revenue
Apple's keynote for its 2013 Worldwide Developer Conference has just begun and already Apple has dropped a pretty impressive number. Just after opening its keynote with some shots at Android (aka don't "confuse abundance for choice"), Apple CEO Tim Cook gave some interesting numbers about the Apple developer ecosystem.

According to Cook, the Apple developer ecosystem has 6 million developers in it, and what's more is that there have been 1.5 million new developers added since WWDC last year. Of course, we don't have any context for this number, because Google has never given a number for this. We also don't know exactly how Apple counts developers, whether the number is active developers or simply someone who submitted an app once and has abandoned it. 

But, probably the most impressive number is $10 billion, which is how much Apple has paid out to App Store developers to date. Apple says that number represents 3 times as much as has been paid out to "all other platforms combined" (which looks to include Android, WP, BB, etc). Cook didn't mention that the number is actually on the decline, because Android revenue is on the rise

source: Apple

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 12:24

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4165; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"confuse abundance for choice"

Best dig ever

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 12:35

2. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


no apple hater present at the moment...busy with the WWDC 2013?maybe? LOL

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 12:43

3. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Cook didn't mention that the number is actually on the decline, because Android revenue is on the rise.
I like that part...xp

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:04 1

4. ZeroCide (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


That's $1666.67 paid to every developer.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:22

6. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Wow, that's terrible pay.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:44 1

8. stealthd (Posts: 980; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


You do realize an average like that is basically completely useless right? Free apps will drag that down, it's not clear if it includes ad revenue, and there's tons of apps like Netflix/Hulu/Kindle etc that have their payment system completely removed from the app. So not a real indication of what developers make.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 13:07

5. PhoneCritic (Posts: 375; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Nice to hear. Developers are the life blood of our mobile devices and every good developer who produces a great and useful app deserve their day in the sun and their keep. On all platforms.
Cheers to the hard working developers.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:02

7. felisberto (Posts: 32; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


i said will it again :Android is cheap.Android is meant for poor people.

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