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Apple App Store sales surpassed $20 billion in 2015, but slowed

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Apple App Store sales surpassed $20 billion in 2015, but slowed
The iOS App Store has been a juggernaut since it was first set in motion alongside the iPhone 3g, but the platform is starting to slow down a bit. The latest numbers say that Apple had a banner 2015 with more than $20 billion in App Store sales, but those sales are also said to be slowing down compared to where the numbers could have been.

According to the Wall Street Journal, these sales numbers equate to about 43% growth year-over-year in revenue for the App Store (based on reported payouts to developers), which is still mighty impressive, but it does mark a slight decline because Apple had said the App Store grew 50% from 2013 to 2014. 

Apple also noted that this holiday season was huge for the App Store. Over the two weeks ending January 3, Apple said customers spent over $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases, and the App Store set back-to-back weekly records for traffic and purchases. New Years Day 2016 became the biggest day in App Store history with customers spending over $144 million, breaking the record set on Christmas Day one week earlier. 

The App Store is very very big business all around and Apple wasted no time noting how big it has gotten. Apple claims that it is "now responsible for creating and supporting" over 1.4 million jobs which "are attributable to the community of app creators, software engineers and entrepreneurs building apps for iOS, as well as non-IT jobs supported directly and indirectly through the app economy." Apple also claims the iOS app economy created 1.2 million jobs in Europe and 1.4 million jobs in China.

source: Apple via WSJ

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posted on 06 Jan 2016, 15:19 5

1. DellDeep (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


Doesn't mean shiit lolz.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 15:27 8

2. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


Must mean something if you commented "lolz"...

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 17:39 1

13. FluffyBled (Posts: 470; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


It means they got about $6 billion just from the store, which is quite a lot actually!

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 15:41 1

4. justReLaxx (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Nov 2015)


This is a good news for the developers

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 15:42 3

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 19736; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Apple is doing big business for sure, even when it's slow. I'm looking forward to the 2016 product line.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:34 1

7. Tziggy14 (Posts: 440; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


If Android users actually spent their money on apps, the Play Store revenue would be twice over what's shown for the App Store here.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 16:59

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 19736; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Coulda woulda shoulda.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 19:00 1

15. sgodsell (Posts: 3226; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The thing is more and more Android developers are finding out that you can make a lot of money from free apps with ads. Or IAP apps. Remember Android has billions of users. Apple does not.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 04:38

19. mackan84 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


That is old news. Like 2010-news.
That ad-money doesn't get anywhere near the money the developers get on ios

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 14:12

23. nepalisherpa (Posts: 209; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


It is true that Android has more users but the main reason for it is affordable phones. Most people in 3rd world countries will buy these affordable phones and never spend a dime on apps.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 21:35

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8345; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


We can't help that the ones you all pay for are free on Android.

I've bought plenty apps and made in app purchases. But only when I need too. On iOS you are almost forced too.

For example, Sketchbook Pro is my favorite app. Samsung gave it free, while on iOS I would have had to pay for it. Son who they had a sale whereby could get all the tools for 12 bucks in paid it so now I have full access from any platform for a year.

Most of my Android apps were free because they are business apps like banking and retailers.

I only had to buy a few games.

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 06:30

20. mackan84 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


There is no sketchbook pro on iOS

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 06:36

21. mackan84 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


On android its either free or pirated.
As a developer those are your choices

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 08:54

22. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 159; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Don't forget we can also share Apps with other Android phones via many sharing Apps. Even though I have purchased from Playstore.

Only thing is they have to download additional data for using it fully. That's to it is only for few Apps, all other will come directly :-O

posted on 07 Jan 2016, 14:15

24. nepalisherpa (Posts: 209; Member since: 17 Jul 2015)


First of all, Samsung gave it to you for free. HTC, Nexus, LG, and other users cannot say the same. Second, you got it for free through Samsung, but, Samsung paid for the license. Developers still got their money.

posted on 06 Jan 2016, 17:05

12. zeppo (Posts: 52; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Haaaah

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