Typical U.S. Apple iPhone user downloaded 45 apps last year, up 10% from 2016

Typical U.S. Apple iPhone user downloaded 45 apps last year, up 10% from 2016
According to the latest data from app researchers Sensor Tower, the average U.S. Apple iPhone user spent an estimated $58 on apps last year, up 23% or $11 from the $47 spent back in 2016. The app category that received the most money from stateside iPhone users was mobile games. These apps accounted for 62% of  2017 app purchases made by those sporting Apple's iconic smartphone.

The average U.S. iPhone user purchased $36 worth of mobile games from the App Store last year, up from $32 in 2016. Spending on entertainment apps in 2017 surged 57% last year, allowing it to overtook music related apps for second place. Social Networking and Lifestyle were fourth and fifth, respectively. It should be noted that Lifestyle apps were red hot last year as the average U.S. iPhone user spent $2.10 for apps from that section of the App Store. That was more than double the $1.00 shelled out on average in 2016.

In 2017, a typical iPhone user in the states installed 45 apps, four more than the 2016 average. Based on the number of apps downloaded and not revenue, the mobile games category was still on top (13.1 games installed per iPhone last year) followed by photo & video (3.6 per iPhone), Entertainment (3.1), Social Networking (2.9) and Utilities (2.4). Of the top five categories, the only one showing a year-over-year decline in downloads was photo & video, which had 10% fewer apps installed last year.

source: SensorTower



1. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The more memory there is available the more people will download.

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

It's always good to have apps. Even though most of the well working apps are already given by Apple, some here and there needs to be worked out by the store. I think app store still has quality apps compared to second competition available

7. deleon629

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I blame those "what's a computer?" commercials. For many people these days, tablets and phones have been duped into replacing their laptops/desktops, and Apple has cornered both markets within the past 2 years, so these stats are not at all unlikely.

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