Apple celebrating 5 years of the App Store with timeline of milestones

Apple celebrating 5 years of the App Store with timeline of milestones
In celebration of 5 years since the Apple App Store launched, Cupertino is sending out a timeline of all the notable events in the largest mobile app catalog in the world. The timeline is sent out to the media and charts its amazing progress that brought us to the 900 000 plus apps available right now and over 50 billion app downloads.

The App Store started on the iPhone, but in 2010 with the arrival of the iPad we got to see the first tablet-optimized applications.

Along the way some apps made a splash and their arrival is separately marked. You get to see how one of the first hugely popular games was Doodle Jump, and then the almighty Angry Birds arrived. Cut The Rope and Instagram were another important milestones in the development of the App Store.

Take a look at the timeline Apple sent out right below.

source: 9to5Mac



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

One of the biggest advancements in mobile tech.

2. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012


3. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Well said dark even fandriods have to admit apple trumps the Google play on their app selection...

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

App store credit majority goes to the hard working developer. Apple provide the platform but they also take a 30% profit cut. No mention of Apple would be complete without mention its corresponding lawsuit. This case would be Amazon vs Apple on the App Store trademark lawsuit fight.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Joey apple operates a for profit business. I drive a bus and make a good living, but the company I drive for provides the busses, and therefore should deserve a profit. C'mon dude I know you hate apple but reallyyyyyy Joey.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

credit should only be given when it's due and I believe the developer deserves all the credit and I believe Apple knows that too! They should mention more about developer instead of hogging all the glory. Apple being Apple they could even hog the glory of round rectangular touch screen. hmmm... fans

5. android_hitman unregistered

hahaha LOOOL, i love it how PA has removed the dislike button, this way crazy people can't get sad if someone disagrees with them and also this way PA is moving slowly to the tech version of Facebook. @WHoyton1 .. i disklike your comment :P and apple doesn't trump Google Play, if you would read more articles you would find out that Apple store has around 400.000 apps that were never downloaded, not even once, so yea it is better than google play.

14. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Wow talk about Android fan boys Jesus. You guys are worse on here then Apple fanboys. Your 'facts' are unsound as most of the Apple/Windows fanboys points. Yes there was an article a couple of months ago about most of the Apps in the App Store not being downloaded' but you are honestly telling me that Google doesn't have this problem too? If you don't think so your joking yourself. App Store Introduced a lot of games and apps that made App Store a prominent vendor in the mobile market. That's not to say Apple is god and nothing else matter but they made a big impact by providing an AppStore and having great developers wanting to put there stuff up regardless of Apple's taking part of the cut. So maybe Google Play Store will be number one soon, but you can not deny that Apples App Store has made a lasting impact on the mobile market.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I give apple credit not for inventing apps, but for revolutionizing this app business. Before the App Store, apps weren't even being discussed. Now they practically make the phone lol.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

you just made an example of a fan that are clueless about certain facts and think Apple invented app store. App store is an example of digital software distribution. Have you ever buy pc game from steam. Steam is an example of such distribution. When Apple announce something to their fans they will claim to be first, innovative etc... fans just soak everything in like a sprung and started to be detach from the rest of the world when someone disagree with them on Apple marketing chant, they fight back.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Re read my post

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

last time I also like that. Apple fan 101 use word like revolutionizing...innovating.. setting new standards...etc

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Have someone read my post to you, cus you're just not getting it Einstein

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

oh my personal favorite, "never before!!"

17. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Joey, you just don't get it...

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly... My post is clearly one that states "not for inventing". Joey is one of those simple minded individuals, that hates apple so much he wouldn't even eat his moms apple pie.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes!, I am am individual and not a fan of any brand. Not a google fan, not a microsoft fan and definitely not an apple fan. I just use their product when it suit me.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I disagree that Apple revolutionizing the app business because i have been buying PC Games (software/apps) from steam well before 2007 and so does millions of its users. I still do and i wouldn't exactly use the word revolutionizing to describe it either only fanboy use such vocal to describe the product they purchase to use.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

There a reason why i bother to response to your posting, darkkjedii. Because among the apple fan you are still quite level headed. And depending on your hurt when someone disagree with you about Apple superiority, you know how deep your fanism are. I don't hate apple, i just don't buy their new products. Despite this, i am happily using their 13" macbook pro in my office, a 15" macbook pro at home. Reason being that Apple need to make to realize there more benefit to spend time on product innovation over litigation.

6. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Happy birthday App store the best App store.

10. momonm1

Posts: 23; Member since: May 30, 2011

Behind The Journey To Success... The Team... From Apple Seller To Steve Jobs!!! Congratulations!!!

22. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

It was great till Steve Jobs.

23. thumpofap

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

heyyy... wasn't the iPad third gen a milestone too? until it got overshadowed (obsoleted) by the fourth gen, of course. the third gen was the first Retina iPad, right?

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