It’s celebrations all round over at Apple‘s Cupertino HQ, as the App Store has hit 15 billion downloads.
Apple’s announcement follows its competition at the start of the year, which celebrated the App Store’s 10 billionth download. This means that iPhone and iPad users have downloaded a mammoth 5 billion downloads in under 6 months, which works out at just under 1 billion downloads per month since the start of 2011.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president said: “Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled [the App Store] with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s head of product marketing, in a statement. The app count includes 100,000 native iPad apps”.
The iTunes Store now contains more than 425,000 applications, 100,000 of those which are native iPad apps. There are now more than 200 million iOS devices in use around the world too, which means there’s an average of 75 apps downloaded per device.
Oli Christie, developer of Paper Glider which was Apple’s 10 billionth app to be downloaded, added: “It’s incredible that just six months later [Apple] had achieved another 5 billion downloads. Neon Play is proud to have achieved 21 million of those download numbers and we’re creating some great new games for iOS, including our first social game. Plus we’re about to launch Paper Glider on Nokia and Android, so we look forward with great anticipation to see how they perform.”