App Store Reaches 10 Billion Downloads

App Store Reaches 10 Billion Downloads

Software marketplace passes milestone in just two and a half years after Kent resident downloads Paper Glider.

More than 10 billion iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store.

The milestone was finally passed this weekend by Gail Davis of Orpington, UK, with a download of Paper Glider.

The figure has been reached in just two and a half years, with Apple saying 70 per cent of the total was downloaded in the last year alone.

“The App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams,” said Philip Schiller, senior VP of worldwide product marketing. “It has revolutionised how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold.

“While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.”

By “others” Schiller means rivals Android and Nokia, and also Microsoft, who recently appealed Apple’s attempt to trademark the phrase App Store, which Microsoft argues is a generic term that competitors should be free to use.