App Store sales soared past $28 billion in 2016


Apple revealed Thursday record-breaking figures for revenue for iOS app developers in 2016. Nearly $240 million were spent on the App Store on New Year's Day alone, according to the statement, turning it into the busiest ever day for Apple's online storefront.

The total revenue of the App Store topped $28.5 billion in 2016, with the lion's share ($20 billion) going to developers, and Apple collecting the rest via its 30 percent share of sales policy.

Apple's App Store now has some 2.2 million apps on display, and the revenue it generates has been steadily growing in the past few years. The most downloaded app on January 1 was Nintendo's new Super Mario Run, which recently replaced Pokemon Go in the top of the charts.

Despite the record numbers, App Store revenue in 2016 represents only a fraction of Apple's overall product and service sales, which totaled $215.64 billion during the fiscal year.

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21 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So, iOS devs made $20 billion in 2016... That's a pretty impressive figure. Wow!

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

This is why developers prefer iOS to android; follow the money.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yup. iOS is where the money is at.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But you seem to ignore this: when these figures are being calculated on the Android platform, it only counts the Play Store's revenue, and doesn't count the revenue of the many other 3rd party Android App stores. So it's kinda impossible to get to fully figure out howmuch the Android platform grosses yearly... So, only the Play Store is used as a metric for counting howmuch Android devs make per year... no? But never mind.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing with Android is developers can make more money from free apps, than they ever could on Apple with ads. So you will see a lot more free apps on Android. Nevermind in app purchases that also bring in lots of revenue as well. So it depends on how you want to make your money. But in the end developers still make money from apps whether they are free or not.

13. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Please back up your claim.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's retarded. You think every iOS apps costs money? Hell no....most are free. The difference lies in user demographics, income brackets, and viability charts. All of those point towards iOS. Android has more users, that is definitely true. However, how many users DON'T have access to the Play Store? How many pirate applications? How many download ad blockers to circumvent said revenue generating ads? Can you see the problem? Freedom can be a double edged sword just like walling off your ecosystem. The difference: One doesn't allow certain privileges but maintains constant control. The other allows freedom of access to pretty much anyone, but doesn't make much money in doing so.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Now this is an Apple fan that makes sense. Unlike ctdog, cnour, and mxy who just make stupid "you are wrong"-type one liners. Kudos to you.

17. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

I always strive to not only make perfect sense BUT to back up my claims. If you're looking for stupid one-liner fools that falter when challenged, look no further than tedkord or darkjedi.

20. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

You and perfect sense? Lol, its not April 1st.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"You and perfect sense? Lol, its not April 1st." Lmao... Prodrick! Glad to know that you can see through his double standards.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Thanks.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

And the money follows the quality and the security.

4. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

IOS is where the sheeps exist!!!

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I understand your frustration. Try something new....

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well, that takes iOS out of the running then.

7. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

by the way you post on every apple article, I think you can be called the sheep. Its like you are defending your family or something...

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I'm defending what I believe. Call me what you want, I don't care.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22072; Member since: May 28, 2014

He wasn't even responding to you. It's called reading comprehension. You should try it sometime.

19. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

You're asking for the impossible. That guy makes less sense than Mxyzptlk.

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2203; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What are Google Play Store's revenue? Essentially, App Store is its own business.

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