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Apple iPhone 4 and the App Store are both listed in the 2011 Book of World Records

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Apple iPhone 4 and the App Store are both listed in the 2011 Book of World Records
The Apple iPhone 4 and the App Store each received notice, becoming record-holders in the 2011 Book of World Records for breaking records having to do with mobile gaming. For example, with analysts estimating that 1.5 million units of the iPhone 4 having been sold on launch day, the smartphone now holds the record for the "Fastest-Selling Portable Gaming System".  The 1.5 million units sold blows away the competition. For example, the Sony PlayStation Portable sold 200,000 models on its 2005 launch date and the Nintendo DS rang up sales of 900,000 units during its first week of existence in November 2004.

The App Store also received notice as the "Most Popular Application Marketplace" and the "Largest Downloadable Video Game Store." The people behind the 2011 Book of World Records released a statement that said that from the day the App Store opened its doors through September 2010, the online applications store had received over 6.5 billion downloads while hosting 259,740 apps. (In case you are interested, of that total, 61 of the apps are fart simulators). There were 37,362 games in the App Store as of last September, compared to the 1,400 available in Microsoft's Xbox Live Indie Arcade. The App Store also has the title of  "Largest Launch Line-up of Any Gaming System" with over 500 available on the App Store's initial day of business.

Some developers also received recognition. Rovio's Angry Birds is now listed as the "Top Paid-For App Store Game in Most Countries." As of last October, Angry Birds was the top paid-for game in the App Store in a record 67 territories around the globe. Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka told the Global Mobile Internet Conference that total downloads of the game across all platforms had reached a whopping140 million.

Other games besides Angry Birds were up for awards. the "Fastest-Selling iPhone/iPod Strategy Game" with more than 300,000 paid downloads in its first nine days is PopCap's "Plants vs. Zombies" while "Tap Tap Revenge", with more than 15 million downloads, took the title of "Most Popular iPhone Game Series".

source: GuinnessWorldRecords via AppleInsider

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posted on 14 May 2011, 01:45 5

1. ogre150 (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


The iPhone 4 is a phone, a smartphone, but still just a phone. I don't think it's a fair comparison to put it head to head with a PSP or DS, etc. I'm sure most people have put games on their iPhone but it's not a dedicated gaming system. And I bet most people who bought the iPhone weren't getting it for its games.

That's not to say that there aren't any cool games on the iPhone, just it's not the same as other handheld gaming systems.

My $.02

posted on 14 May 2011, 07:54 2

10. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


But in that same argument, portal gaming systems aren't completely the Gameboy we were used to. They can play music, movies, and surf the web. They are more akin to portable media players instead of simple gaming systems.

Still, I feel like some analysts and companies put Apple and the iPhone in their mouths just to get attention. And I never like the moniker "Faster selling" just because I wonder how you judge that. Fastest selling in a week? Month?

posted on 14 May 2011, 23:54 2

26. ogre150 (Posts: 22; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


I feel what you're saying, but the DS and PSP are advertised as gaming systems first. Then: "Oh yeah, it can do these things too!"

iPhone, or Android for that matter, are advertised as phones first, then: "And it can play some cool games too!"

That's my beef with this record.

(And I may be wrong but, I don't think the Original DS played music and only had limited internet if any true browsing (not 100% on browsing))

posted on 15 May 2011, 07:50

27. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


That's a good point. But if they were to award the iPod Touch as the #1 portable gaming system I wonder if that would be more fair. After all, the iPod isn't a phone.

posted on 14 May 2011, 02:02 2

2. LionStone (Posts: 445; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Yea thats weird, its like they're saying its best as a gamer than a phone.

posted on 14 May 2011, 10:08 5

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well.. we know the iphone4 can barely make phone calls. i guess this is a way to save face! lol.

posted on 14 May 2011, 02:21 1

3. bling bling (unregistered)


its a game device just like psp and nothing else , and get a new record of the worship of the king off million fools steve jobs , write that down you record book

posted on 14 May 2011, 02:43 2

4. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*shrugs* records are made to be broken. ;)

posted on 14 May 2011, 09:17 1

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Must be rough

posted on 14 May 2011, 10:04 2

12. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


What, the iPhone up your ass? I thought that was what the curved edges were for, so you don't rough your spinchter up.

Yes, I'm still sick. Stop poking me and I'll stop biting.

posted on 14 May 2011, 10:20 1

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You're not really making sense other than sounding bitter. I understand though. You cell phones very personally and it sucks that the company you've decided to hate constantly has headlines about how succesful they are. I think you've figured it out. This is kind of like being a sports fan for you. You root for motorola the same way a normal person would root for say the Giants.

posted on 14 May 2011, 11:16 2

17. Sniggly (Posts: 6761; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You mean those guys who beat the completely undefeated Patriots? I root for Moto because they are trying their heart out to make quality products, and hate Apple because they've made virtually no effort and have spat in the face of their customers and business partners and are congratulated for it.

Yes, it sucks that everyone bends over for Apple, just because their products are pretty and well marketed.

But no, that's not why I'm annoyed.

You have been making deliberate attempts to provoke me, and you hardly listen to anything I say. That's what gets on my nerves, Taco.

posted on 14 May 2011, 04:44 1

5. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


I'd love to see the competitions numbers and growth rate. Its a shame that better hardware doesn't make better games for Android. Then again they're missing the software components like current OpenGL support which is a mystery as to why. Even samsungs hummingbird chip has more graphical power but not the software support for things like unreal engine.

Just goes to show what you can do with technology.

posted on 14 May 2011, 04:46 1

6. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Just to clear something up, I meant the hummingbird has more graphical power that the A4 chip. In raw computing power, as in TFLOPS.

posted on 14 May 2011, 07:00 4

7. john (unregistered)


iphone 4 cannot beat psp or ds in games

posted on 14 May 2011, 07:38 3

8. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


Good Job Apple. But I have to agree with earlier comments. iPhone 4 sold 1.5 million units, but is it because people bought iPhone for the gaming? I don't think so. People bought iPhone 4 because they want a phone and it just so happens that a lot of games is readily made available for the handset.

posted on 14 May 2011, 07:41 2

9. Cdawg (unregistered)


Wow the iPhone is so over rated.. If an android phone that's 3 times better sold that many deceives on lauch day it prob wouldn't have got the award "b/c it was just a phone" lol

posted on 14 May 2011, 10:40 1

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


android phones don't even sell 1/3 of what the iPhone sells. That's why iPhone is in the news, because it sells.

posted on 14 May 2011, 11:52 1

18. jcoberg10 (Posts: 110; Member since: 30 Oct 2009)


what is the Number 1 OS right now? ok go eat a taco. shut up.

posted on 14 May 2011, 14:52 1

21. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Um iOS has more users. Rephase to "what is the number 1 OS in smartphones"

posted on 14 May 2011, 15:44 1

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I think the point jcobreg10 is making is that although Apple has the best selling cell phone, of all the new phones being sold most of them are Android devices. Making Android them most popular OS.

posted on 14 May 2011, 16:55 1

24. haha (unregistered)


hey you taco50 blind or what?
haven't you seen that samsung galaxy s 2 totalled up to 3,000,000 preorders?
its DOUBLE to that of the iphone!

posted on 14 May 2011, 11:10 2

16. dragster600 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


We are talking about the big numbers of iphone, even if is the best seller of a lie.

posted on 14 May 2011, 13:49 2

19. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I think the guinness world record gave up searching for unique talents and just chooses anything you can measure, i should get a record for counting all the eyelashes i rub off every 6 weeks or something. Thats how stupid this app count is.

posted on 14 May 2011, 14:53

22. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


LOL its so funny how bitter Android fans get when posts like this arent written for Android

posted on 14 May 2011, 18:35

25. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Im not a Andtoy fan boy ok. Its just ridiculous how Apple gats all this "worship" for being crap.

posted on 15 May 2011, 10:38

28. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


it's funny how apple fan boys gtet so excited about how their " phone" won records for not being a phone. I figured that's what you would weant to shoot for considering the device's name has phone in it.



"aw man did you see all those records th iPhone set the other day?"

"no, what were they"

"for gaming"

"but isn;t it a phone?"

"well..... yea ,but if my phone doesn't work there's a game i can download to pretend to make calls and get points for the more calls I make"

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