Apple App Store celebrates its tenth anniversary this Tuesday
This Tuesday, the Apple App Store celebrates its tenth anniversary The store opened for business with 500 apps on the shelves on July 10th, 2008. The other day, we took a look back at the most popular iOS apps from 2010 to 2018. Now, to show how the debut of the App Store changed the way people use their phones, approach their jobs and live their lives, Apple posted a list of quotes from iOS users, app developers and Apple executives, explaining how they were affected by the launch of the App Store.
Before we get into the quotes, back on July 13th, 2009, we belatedly sang Happy Anniversary to the App Store. After one year, the 500 apps initially available had turned into 50,000. According to Statista, as of the first quarter of this year, the App Store carried two million apps versus 3.8 million offered to Android users in the Google Play Store (see the image at the top of this article). Still, the App Store generated revenue of $11.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017. That was nearly double the amount spent by Android users in the Google Play Store over the same time period, according to App Annie.
How important is it to have a platform feature a fully stocked app store? Ask Microsoft and BlackBerry. The demise of Windows Phone and BlackBerry (pre-Android BlackBerry, of course) can be blamed largely to the dearth of apps available to both platforms.
Happy 10th Anniversary Apple App Store; may the next ten years be just as exciting as the first ten were.