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Apple App Store surpasses 100 billion app downloads

The Apple App Store just hit a massive new milestone, racking up its 100 billionth app download.

Having launched just seven years ago, Apple’s iconic App Store hit the unrivalled figure in the weeks leading up to today’s WWDC 2015 keynote.

Making the announcement during the annual developer conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the figure as “absolutely staggering”.

“It’s hard to believe that the App Store was launched only 7 years ago,” Cook told the San Francisco crowd.

He added: “I’m happy to announce that the App Store recently passed a massive milestone. The App Store has passed 100 billion app downloads.

The rate of growth is absolutely staggering.

“We’ve now paid out $30 billion to developers and the App Store continues to be the most profitable app marketplace on the planet.”

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing added: “This is bigger than any of us every imagined.”

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Highlighting a number of key figures on the App Store’s growth, Apple confirmed that there are now more than 195,000 education apps available for download.

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