At the launch of the iPad 3, Tim Cook announced that the Apple App Store has reached an all-new lofty app figure – there are now more than 585,000 apps in the store. And 200,000 are made for iPads.
Tim Cook made a neat statement that sums up the Apple app ecosystem pretty well. On stage in San Francisco, he said, “great apps lead to more downloads, which leads to more great apps, which leads to more downloads.” It’s this exponential success model that has led to the App Store breaking the 500,000 apps barrier in under four years – the app store first opened in 2008.
Just as impressive is the number of iPad apps currently in circulation. There are more than 200,000 – and the iPad has only been around for two years. Although the iOS app market is now split across two wildly difference screen sizes, 3.5in and 9.7in, the feared fragmentation issue that afflicts Android hasn’t been too hard on iOS.
The Android Market may have sailed passed the App Store in sheer numbers terms, though. If figures pumped out in October 2011 are true, which suggested it had reached 500,000 submissions back then, it could be well ahead by now. Of course, ahead in numbers means little when you cast an eye over the dross that floats in that pool. The App Store has plenty of doozies, sure, but the Android Market’s – sorry, Google Play’s – best bits are planted in a thick bed of manure.