Apple App Store sales rose 50 percent last year

As we move into 2015, Apple has cast a quick glance back at the performance of its App Store in 2014 – and it likes what it sees.

Apple has announced that 2014 was by far the biggest year for the App Store, with sales rising a massive 50 percent over 2013.

It has also revealed that the App Store generated $10 billion for app developers throughout the year. This means that “App Store developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sale of apps and games,” according to the Apple press release.

All very noble, but don’t forget that Apple takes 30 percent of every App Store sale, so it hasn’t done too bad out the deal either.

Another App Store record Apple has broken recently belongs to 2015 – but only just. New Year’s Day 2015 was “the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history.”

The first week of January saw customers spending almost $500 million on apps and in-app purchases.

Apple reserves its first specific shout out to the gaming sector, which is the most popular category of apps on the App Store. Monument Valley, Crossy Road, and Threes all get a special mention.

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One of the reasons 2014 has been so good for apps, says Apple, is because of the improvements made in iOS 8. There was the brand new programming language, Swift, as well as the Metal graphics technology, which allows developers to utilise the extra power in Apple’s A7 and A8 chips.

With Apple Pay set to spread to other territories in 2015, this year could well be even bigger than last for Apple’s App Store.

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