Apple App Store Tops 50 Billion Downloads
"Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years."
The road to 50 billion app downloads ended with a $10,000 App Store gift card, which was awarded to Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio for his impeccable timing. Ashmore was responsible for downloading the 50 billionth app, Say the Same Thing by Space Inch, LLC, earning himself the generous gift card.
This is quite the feat for Apple, and it should be pointed out that re-downloads and updates are not factored into the download total. It's the result of having a popular platform, one that has attracted developers to release apps in 23 different categories, including games, business, news, sports, and many more.