IDC predicts 300,000 apps in Apple's App store next year as long awaited tablet is finally launched?

IDC predicts 300,000 apps in Apple's App store next year as long awaited tablet is finally launched?
The growth in the number of apps in the Apple App Store has been nothing short of incredible. From 10,000 apps to browse through in November of last year, the total reached 100,000 just a year later. From the very start, it took only 18 months for Apple to  hit the six-figure mark and this works out to an annual growth rate of 900% according to research firm IDC. By the end of 2010, 300,000 apps are expected to be offered at the App Store.

IDC also expects the number of mobile devices accessing the internet to get closer to the number of PC's being used by the end of 2010. With 1.3 million PC's in operation expected at the end of 2010, the number of mobile devices will grow to 1 million. It won't be too long before more people are surfing the web from a mobile device than from a desktop machine as the growth in smartphones is running 2 and a half times that of desktop computers.

In a video that came with thereport, IDC Chief Analyst Frank Gens said, "It will be a watershed year for the ascension of mobile devices: Forthe first time, over 1 billion such devices will access the Internet. Smartphones will become strategic platforms for commercial andenterprise developers, with the number of iPhone apps tripling, andAndroid apps quintupling. And we expect to finally see Apple introducethe 'iPad.'" IDC expects the Apple tablet to appear in 2010 with an 8 to 10 inch touchscreen that will be more iPod touch than a Mac. The research firm expects the device to be used for watching movies, reading newspapers and for surfing the web. Gens expects the iPad to take business away from the Kindle reader. As for the tablet, questions remain as to how users will pay for data. IDC says, "One big question for 2010 is which way Apple will go with 3Gconnectivity for the iPad -- private labeling a wireless carrier'snetwork as 'AppleNet' or simply merchandising carriers' wirelesssubscriptions through the iTunes store," the report said. Whichever way Apple decides to go, the Cupertino based firm is expected to see competition  from Microsoft. The latter firm is expected to launch a tablet that has been leaked with the code named "Courier", pictures of which were leaked back in September. The Redmond based firm has not confirmed the authenticity of the pictures or the expected launch.

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14 Comments

9. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

Yeah but lets go back to that very important stat that once you hit iphone app #1000, only 2.2% of users have it....and when you get to app #2000 less than 1/2 % have it....which means theres 98000 apps now no one cares about....why add another 200k?

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The more apps you have, the mote likely you'll find what you want when you're searching for apps. And you're saying why add more as if Apple is making all these apps. Most likely people will buy newer apps instead of older ones, so I think it works out fine.

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

en, i think we should be fb friends.

14. tonyc_42

Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 18, 2009

but the only problem that you run into is the fact that you have to browse through the thousands of apps that you don't want before getting to ones you do!

6. tonyc_42

Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 18, 2009

i can't wait to see how fast the android market makes it to six figures now that more carriers have them!

7. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

I expect not as fast. There's a lot of garbage in the iphone app store that I doubt proliferates on the Android market.

8. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

It will not proliferate in the Android Market b/c developers are not making money. There might be a lot of apps that you won't use but there is plenty for everyone. Try doing a better job of hiding your biased.

4. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

300, 000 apps, while impressive, is kinda of a waste. I would like to see out of that figure, the number of unique apps. I mean how many fart apps do you need?

5. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Agreed. Pushing beyond 100,000 is becoming excessive to the point of apps getting lost among each other. If it triples, hell even if it doubles, Apple will need to add categories and subcategories or they'll be killing the user experience.

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

So now more apps is a bad thing. You guys always manage to turn every iPhone positive into a negative. Before it was "oh android is catching up." but now the apps are useless and excessive.

12. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Actually E.N, I feel the same way about the Android Market. There are tons of repeative apps and it's time consuming to search through the crap to get to a decent app. I don't think anyone blames the developers, it's just a matter of over saturation created by the hype and demand.

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

that's a lot of apps. probably way more than the average user will need.

3. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Nope, I have all 100,000.

1. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Wow, i don't know if it is mathematically possible to pack in any more "maybe" into that article.

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