iDevice owners have downloaded more than 15 billion apps since the App Store opened its doors, Apple has announced.
The software market, which landed alongside the iPhone 3GS, has achieved the landmark figure in just under three years.
By way of comparison, Google’s rival Android platform in May announced that some 4.5 billion apps have been downloaded since it opened in October 2008.
Philip Schiller, head of product marketing at Apple, said: “Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled [the App Store] with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.”
The stats underscore once again the extent of the advantage Cupertino’s platform enjoys when it comes to garnering developers’ support and ensuring a good flow of titles with mass market appeal.
Nowhere is that more true in recent months than in the case of apps designed for Android tablets. Recent figures showed that these number in the low hundreds, compared with a selection in the region of 100,000 for iPads.