Apple App Store Developers raked in $10 billion last year; 2015 off to record breaking start

Apple App Store Developers raked in $10 billion last year; 2015 off to record breaking start
According to a report published on Thursday, New Year's Day 2015 turned out to be the single largest day of sales ever produced by the Apple App Store. For all of 2014, developers brought in record revenue of $10 billion from selling apps, and in-app purchases. That was a 50% improvement over the prior year's figure.

As we noted, 2015 is off to a great start as well. Strong demand for paid apps was seen throughout the first week of 2015 as consumers looked to add apps to the new smartphones and tablets they received for the holidays. For the first seven-days of the year, App Store customers spent half-a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, also setting a new record.

According to Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue, developers have earned $25 billion from the sale of paid apps and in-app purchases since the App Store first opened in 2008. Apple also noted that some apps have been doing well thanks to Apple Pay integration. That list would include HotelTonight, OpenTable, Target, and Ticketmaster. Sam Shank, CEO of HotelTonight, said that Apple Pay's easy and secure approach to payments is helping to bring in new customers.

Remember the good old days when Apple and Google would go back and forth reporting how many apps they each had in their respective stores? Currently, there are 1.4 million apps in the App Store with 725,000 made specifically to support the larger screen size of the Apple iPad tablets.

source: AppleInsider



2. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

The App Store is the best, it has more exclusive apps than any other marketplace.. Apple always takes care of their customers providing them with the best apps and services. Just today was announced the game Space Cowboys exclusively for ios using Metal Graphics. Every day there is something new..

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta agree with you there.

8. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

gotta agree with you also iBoy

6. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

agree to this post, but normally i dont with your other posts

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

And today Evernote just launched an iOS exclusive app called "Scannable" and the Android subscribers are already flipping out

3. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Quality at best.

7. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

iLife youre back surely your a big iFanatic

9. jamil06

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

No doubt ios provides the best quality apps! However, I wish there were a bit more free quality apps. MOST good apps need to be purchased first.

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Personally my experience with apps has been that android has a lot more free apps then ios and most of android's free apps get money via ads, and many of those free apps have great quality. Now I am not saying that ios apps are worse quality, but if we are just counting income from actual purchases which the article seems to indicate, then yes ios wins hands down, but I am wondering what people are earning on free apps with ads on?

11. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Back in 2011 and admittedly 2012, when an app was exclusive to the app store , it was like aw man I guess I'll have to wait for this app or never get it. Darn. In 2014, I'm like IOS exclusive? Oh well. My Note 4 will be just fine without it. IOS will always have the best content FACT. Android phones will always be more innovative and limit pushing FACT.

16. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'm not sure about "innovative and limit pushing" but I do prefer Android OS out of the box over iOS. But when you consider the 3rd party support, iOS more than makes up for it. I don't think some Android users know just how often iOS exclusives are launched in the App Store.

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

In terms of exclusivity and time released intervals, as well as quality, Android has caught up with iOS in a big way, compared to a few years ago; but as far as current exclusives are concerned, I am not necessarily in the rush to get another Clash of Clans look-alike game from the App Store, that you would have to spend $1000's on in-app purchases to even see your progress take effect in tandem with the game features and other players.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You've already proven yourself to be quite the hater, so I'm not surprised you rushed in to defend your beloved OS. There are a ton of iOS exclusive games and non-gaming apps. Pretty much every category i.e. cooking, productivity, music, kids games, fitness, etc etc. And for a couple of games specifically. Space Marshals (iOS exclusive) was just launched today - $4.99, Metal Graphics, No in-app purchases. Vainglory was launched a couple months ago and it's already extremely popular with no IAPs. Android users are pretty much begging for the app on the internet.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Here are my current favorites exclude to iOS: hyperlapse, Camoji, and Action Movie (I'm not including iMovie as it is apples own addition along with other things like GarageBand and etc.) but all these are as free, fully functional and extremely powerful designed to blend with iOS and the gestures we as iOS users are second nature to. But I'm into video editing today. I can list buncha exclusive games that are really really good and may never see android. At some point iOS users got Google apps updates that were only month later than android. Just saying - android have their exclusives but not as vigorous and popular as iOS.

14. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i own macbook pro, latest one and iphone 5s, i own them for like year now, i beet in appstore couple times, these million of apps are so useless, especially free ones, same goes for android apps, but mostly i dont like how apple says we have millions of apps, yes all of them useless crap. i am not talking about adobe and other software which is not made by apple.

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Free gaming apps tend to be garbage, because to progress in them, you need to invest a lot more in in-app purchases than just paying $20 for a paid app with all its gameplay intact. The mobile gaming model is trash and will never amount to anything more than a device for setting up money siphoning pits and leisurely killing time.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

I enjoy RR3 which is a fermium and I haven't paid a cent yet - I will when I get my classic Porsches (to support the developer). But there are games that yeld full games for upfront $3-$15 like MC5, Skygambler (new iOS exclusive versions), and GTA titles for a quick example.

23. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I used an HTC one m8 and I gotta admit the same apps on my Android does not look as nice as on my friends iphone 6 or 6 plus. Their games seem to be more polished and complete. Android due to the number and variety of devices, will always lack behind Apple in terms of app store. There is just too many Android phone out there and not every app is build for them all.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Agree. Currently iOS app quality is better due to limited number of models to support. In real world use Android flexibility has both plus point and minus ones. I think one way is for google to develop theme module so that OEM can custom their look and feel without affecting the OS core module.

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