Open all hours – Fifty billion apps in just five years. What’s next for the App Store?

Fifty billion apps in just five years. What’s next for the App Store, asks Ian Vella.

This year Apple is celebrating five years since the launch of its App Store. In these five years, an astonishing 50 billion apps were downloaded and used on Apple devices – this has generated a total revenue of $14.3bn, of which 70 per cent was paid out to developers.

Apple CEO Tim Cook described the achievement as “truly staggering” and, perhaps with a bit of gloating thrown in, said that the App Store fundamentally “changed the world”.

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