The collective number of App Store downloads for Apple’s iDevices has crossed the ten billion mark, with the winner and the winning app both originating from Britain.
Gail Davis, who hails from Orpington, Kent, became the landmark winner when her daughter downloaded the 10 billionth app, Paper Glider, developed by British studio Neon Play. Though when Apple’s VP of iTunes called Davis up to give her the good news – that she had won a $10,000 iTunes gift voucher - she didn’t quite believe it and politely hung up the phone.
Speaking to Cult of Mac, Davis said: “I thought it was a prank call. I said: ‘Thank you very much, I’m not interested’ and I hung up.”
Her daughters had to convince her that it wasn’t a joke. Realising her mistake, she called Apple back but the operator was none the wiser about her identity.
“The girls were getting quite tense”, she added.
“They never would have forgiven me. They would have held it against me for all eternity.”
Fortunately, another Apple exec rang her shortly afterwards and she was relieved to still be the victor.
Meanwhile, the boss of Neon Play also missed Apple’s first call as he was putting his kids to bed.
He said to Mobile Entertainment: "I woke up this morning and wondered if it was all a dream!"
The winning title, Paper Glider is a free-to-download game that involves players tossing a paper airplane across an office while avoiding various obstacles. It is currently the chart-topper in both UK and US iTunes.
There are currently 160 million iPhones, iPods and iPads in consumers’ hands, placing the average number of downloads at an impressive 62.5 per device.
Source: Cult of Mac, Mobile Entertainment