Apple’s iOS App Store has now approved one million apps, according to App Store discovery service Appsfire.
This doesn’t mean that there are a million apps there now, though: there 736,247 live apps at present. Appsfire’s co-founder said that, of the one million submissions made since 2008, almost half (493,289 to be precise) were paid and 158,848 were games. Currently, 336,270 are paid and 120,065 are games.
As The Next Web points out, Apple isn’t likely to make much of the fact that one million apps have been approved, as it focusses more on the number of current live apps. Apps have been removed from the store for various reasons, but often removal is due to violation of copyright.
We can also assume that there are plenty of apps that have been submitted to the iOS App Store since its launch in 2008 but not approved by Apple – but Appsfire is not able to track those.
The current line-up is popular with customers, it seems: Tim Cook recently revealed that 90 percent of them are downloaded at least once per month, and that the average user of an iOS device has over 100 apps. In its four-year lifespan, there have been over 35 billion downloads.
Google Play, the store for Android apps, is rapidly catching up, however. It now features over 675,000 apps, and boasts more than 25 billion downloads – an indication of the huge market share enjoyed by Android smartphones.