Apple's App Store reaches 1.3 million applications

Apple's App Store reaches 1.3 million applications
During the iPhone 6 unveiling, which took place the other day, Apple also said that its mobile application storefront, the App Store, is now home to over 1.3 million apps.

The previous update from Apple came in June, when the company announced that the App Store had reached the 1.2 million apps mark. In comparison, as of August of this year, Google's Android Play Store housed over 1.3 million applications. Chances are that at the current time, Android's Play Store contains a slightly higher number of titles, but it has to be noted that while developers can freely put their apps for sale on Google's store, iOS developers need to submit all of their apps to Apple first, in order for them to go through a QA testing process. Of course, there have been many developers throughout the years who have wished that Apple's testing procedure wasn't in place, but the truth is that this has assured an overall higher level of app quality and consistency in the App Store, compared to that of its alternatives.

Meanwhile, the third app ecosystem, Windows Phone, continues to be far behind both iOS and Android, with a much smaller catalog of about 300,000 apps, as of this April. Microsoft argues that much of the essential titles are already covered, but with numbers like this, it's undeniable that the app gap between WP and its rivals is still quite big.

In order to summarize the latest data, here's how the top 3 mobile operating systems currently rank when it comes to the extensiveness of their app catalogs:

iOSAndroidWindows Phone
App catalog1.3 million1.3 million300,000



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

iGreat!!! 0.3 is common in all. :)

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Oops, Ray changed it to 300,000. :)

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's a widely used App Store.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered


5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Wow.....You're full of varied adjectives today, aren't ya ? -.- /s

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Truly is. Love the quality apps from Apple, app stores.

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Imaging. The only thing they innovate is the tablet IPad.

6. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Lots of fart apps

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

All 4 platforms have the same dart apps. Don't be trolling. Give credit where it's dued.

10. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Ok all have fart apps.. but apple has more and they are more polished.. I dont have any on my ipad but on my note 3 I have one and its so ugly

14. AlikMalix unregistered

The example used in your comparison and the seriousness tone of your post is good and makes the whole thing so funny.

7. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Feeling bad for all those Applications that never see a single download and it like the more Applications on the Market the more that are never downloaded.

12. KaranK

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Apple was done with innovating since iphone 4

13. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Ur missing out!

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Given how deep apple's screening goes for each app I'm surprised it's that many. But if I was to rate App Store and Google Play - if say out of all the billion apps only about 1/4 are really relevant. I wish apple and Google just ax the non-performing apps and keep it clean, well..., never mind, I don't really see any benefit in that. But app relevance vs numbers - I still stand by that - it should be number of relevant apps - not every "cat photos" app to date. You guys know what I mean?

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