Report: more than five million apps will populate the Apple iOS App Store by the end of 2020

According to a new report from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, Apple’s App Store could expand to include more than five million apps by the end of  2020.

A few months ago, Apple officially announced that its App Store is now home to more than two million apps. If you’ve thought that two million is a great number of apps, then you might need to brace yourselves, as this recent report claims that that number should expand to 2.93 million by the end of the year, 3.60 million apps by the end of 2017. By the end of 2020, Sensor Tower believes that about 5.06 million apps will populate the App Store.

As it turns out, odds are good that most of these new apps will be games. After analyzing new App Store entries for the month of May 2016, the firm found that 48,231 new apps landed in the store. Out of these, 43% of them are games. Following games, educational apps were the second most popular app category, but with just 2,472 of the new releases for the month of May, which is only good for a 5% slice of the Apple iOS App Store pie.

As Sensor Tower notes, in its full report (which you can read by heading on over to the source link below), users might have a tough time browsing through such an insane number of apps. As such, developers publishing new apps might have an increasingly tougher time reaching user devices. 

The firm believes that Apple will need to make major changes to the App Store in terms of navigation, curation, and overall presentation to make sure that apps and developers stand a chance of navigating an ocean consisting of more than five million different apps. 

What do you guys think? Could such an overwhelming number of apps an equal amount of problems as it solves?

source: Sensor Tower



1. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's ridiculous. Not in a good way either.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

iOS and it's App Store will already be dead by 2020. Don't kid yourself

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You need a life......seriously.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I don't think it will ever die. However I do know Apple likes to pump things up all the time with their propaganda. Did everyone forget that Android came up from behind and had 2 million apps before Apple reached 2 million. So if Apple will have 5 million by 2020. Then what will Android have? 6-7 million apps. PC's had 6 million programs before Windows 8 arrived on the scene. The thing is to say that four years from now Apples app store is going to grow more than double it's current size. This is really reaching, and I don't see it happening. It took 9 years to reach 2 million apps. Not to mention you need an original idea, use case, or need in order to make an application. I really don't see it happening in 4 years from now.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you take 48k per month times 12 months, then that works out to 576 thousand apps for the year.

2. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

These app stores already have too many apps, time to start kicking them off. If I want one app that does one thing I don't need 40,000 choices.


Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

But I need more fart apps! These old ones just don't cut it.

19. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

They are just full of, 'Hot Air' .

4. fyah_king unregistered

Cool, I need all 5mil.:)

5. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Only 5 apps are useful.

6. htcisthebest

Posts: 437; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

By that time Google Play will have 10 million apps.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And it won't matter, because you'll pirate your apps anyways :D.

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I use android since more than 7 years and easily spent more than 2000$ in app. Not because some do it thats all do it.

7. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Which OS has more apps, Google or Apple?

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Google isn't an OS, neither is apple. If for mobile only, probably Google. If you are now talking "apple" then the number of apps available to the desktop of MAC and IPad and iPhone trounces contest

12. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Opps my bad, I meant which mobile platform has more, Android (or Specifically Google) or Apple?

15. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Total apps on apple app store (including mac, iphone , ipad and apple tv ) a tad more than 2 millions. Total apps on google play store including apps for mobile phone and tablet is a bit more than 2.2 million. Go get your information before speaking.

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The App Store is its own business. The App Store is bigger than 4 to 5 Android vendor combined.

17. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its make twice more revenue than google play store (a few year back its was like 5 time so google closing the gap) Also its not bigger at all its has 200000 app less than google app store. My gosh some apple user need to check info before sprouting nonsense. (Keyword some not all)

16. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

out of 5 million only 500 will be useful.

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