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

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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8 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"confuse abundance for choice" Best dig ever

2. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

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

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

That's $1666.67 paid to every developer.

6. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Wow, that's terrible pay.

8. stealthd unregistered

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.

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

7. felisberto

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

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

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