Apple’s App Store first made its debut on the iPhone 3G back in July 2008, much to the delight of iPhone owners whose only taste of third-party software prior to that was with web apps. Now, just over four years on, it has received more than 1 million app submissions.
Apple confirmed during its iPad mini event back in October that it had passed the 700,000 milestone, but Apple’s figure would have included only those apps that are currently still available to download. When you lump in those apps that are no longer around for whatever reason, there have been more than one million submissions, according to App Store discovery company Appsfire.
The company’s co-founder, Ouriel Ohayon, has provided some interesting figures on how those 1 million apps have been split. 493,289 of them are paid apps, while the rest were completely free to download. 158,848 of them are games.
Of the 736,247 apps that are currently live and available to download today, 336,270 — or around 45% — are paid; while 120,065 — or around 16% — of them are games.
Apple also announced during its iPad mini event that the App Store has seen more than 35 billion downloads during the past four years, with more than $6.5 billion in revenues paid to iOS developers. Back in September, when the company announced the iPhone 5, CEO Tim Cook said that the average iOS user has downloaded over 100 apps.
“It’s been an absolute revolution,” Cook said. “It’s phenomenal. Together with the incredible products, these have helped us achieve an incredible milestone.”
With iPhones and iPads still becoming increasingly popular, Apple’s App Store will only continue to grow. Google’s Play Store is slowly catching up to the same number of apps on offer, but other rivals — such as Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace and BlackBerry’s App World — simply cannot compete.