700 000 apps on App Store and 450 million iOS devices soldPublish date: 17 September 2012 by Hanleigh Daniels
Apple has finally pulled the wraps off the highly anticipated iPhone 5, but the Cupertino-based tech firm has also revealed the latest figures around iPhone sales, the latest version of its desktop OS and updated iOS App Store stats.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook stated that the iPad maker sold (actual sales - not merely shipped) more than 400 million iOS-powered mobile devices between 2007 and June 2012. This, compared to Google’s recently announced of 500 million Android-running smartphones and tablets being activated around the globe thus far.
There are now over 700 000 applications available on the iOS App Store, with more than 250 000 of these being iPad specific apps. In addition, each iOS device owner makes use of north of 100 apps on average, whilst 90% of the total amount of apps available are being downloaded monthly. By comparison Google’s latest figures has the app tally of its Play Store exceeding 600 000.
Cook also mentioned that more than seven million Apple computer users have upgraded to the latest version of the company’s desktop operating system (OS), Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), since July 2012. Mountain Lion also made history during July, when it became the most successful OS X release in Apple’s history, after Mac computer users downloaded the OS three million times in just four days.
In related news, market research firm Gartner recently revealed that free apps will account for 89% of the total downloads made by mobile device users during 2012. The analytics company asserts that worldwide mobile app store downloads will surpass 45.6 billion this year with free downloads accounting for 40.1 billion of that total, whilst paid-for application downloads will amount to around five billion.