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

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



1. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Doesn't mean shiit lolz.

2. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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

13. FluffyBled unregistered

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

4. justReLaxx

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

This is a good news for the developers

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31372; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31372; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Coulda woulda shoulda.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7466; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

19. mackan84

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

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

23. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 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.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

20. mackan84

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

There is no sketchbook pro on iOS

21. mackan84

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

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

22. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 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

24. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 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.

12. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015


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