Apple’s ever-growing App Store is now home half a million approved apps and counting, it has been confirmed, as Cupertino continues to spearhead the mobile applications revolution.
News of the landmark figure was revealed in an infographic posted on Facebook by iPhone developers Chillingo, 148Apps and Chomp, which reveals that since the App Store’s launch in 2008, Apple has given more than 500,000 apps its stamp of approval. Of those 37 per cent of which are free, with more than 85,000 unique developers registered to be working on apps for the iDevices.
However, according to 148Apps, the number of apps actually available to download today may be somewhere in the region of 400,000 as many apps were pulled even after being approved for countless reasons, while others were never updated to the latest versions of iOS or abandoned altogether.
The average price for paid apps is $3.64 (roughly £2.25). As you’d expect, Angry Birds tops the list of most downloaded apps with a staggering 275 days at the summit.
Not surprisingly, games are the most popular category of downloads, commanding 18 per cent of all downloads. Books came in a respectable second with 14 per cent, showing that potboilers are still worthy travel companions for many as demand for eBooks continues to surge.
The total download count of all content on the App Store was over ten billion last year, which is expected to increase 50 per cent to 15 billion in 2011.