Apple details history of App Store on its 10th anniversary

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in General Discussion edited July 2018
The App Store launched in July of 2008, ten years ago next week, and to celebrate Apple on Thursday marked how far the store has come in its first decade by offering a brief history painted by the words of developers who sell their wares on the marketplace.




After the first iPhone launched in 2007 without any third-party apps, Apple announced that fall that it was opening up its platform to such apps. The App Store opened for business on July 10, 2008, the day before the iPhone 3G was released. The App Store launched with just 500 apps, a number that reached 2 million earlier this year, according to Statista.

On Thursday, ahead of the anniversary, Apple commemorated the occasion, with a press release that doubled as something of an oral history of the original development of the App Store. It makes clear not only how fast the App Store has grown, but how central the App Store has been to so many of the content and e-commerce innovations of the past decade. The App Store has also led to an explosion in growth for the business of app development itself.

"In its first decade, the App Store has surpassed all of our wildest expectations -- from the innovative apps that developers have dreamed up, to the way customers have made apps part of their daily lives -- and this is just the beginning," Apple's Phil Schiller said in the release. "We could not be more proud of what developers have created and what the next 10 years have in store."

The release quotes both developers and representatives of major partners (Major League Baseball, HBO Nintendo, and many other gaming companies) about how important the App Store has been to their business. It also charts how changes made possibly by the App Store -- in-app purchases, content streaming, geolocation, and numerous other advances -- have changed what they do for the better.

Apple goes on to tout the growing technologies made possible by ARKit and HealthKit.

"While there have been many notable moments since apps first came to iPhone and later iPad, the milestones and testimonials below reflect some of the most significant over the past 10 years -- defining how the App Store democratized software distribution and transformed how we live every day," Apple said in the release.

Apple offered a few statistics to go along with developer platitudes, noting more than 28,000 apps offer subscriptions to customers, a figure that accompanies a 95 percent year-over-year increase in total subscriber numbers. Further, some 500 doctors and researchers have used ResearchKit and CareKit to aggregate the health data of 3 million people across a number of multi-faceted studies.

More than 500 million people visit the App Store every week, with more than 1 million people taking time to read articles and features posted to the new Today page that went live with an App Store redesign last year.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,417member
    It used to be small... now it's not!
  • Reply 2 of 6
    nunzynunzy Posts: 662member
    One great thing about the app store is that the developers can't sell their software anywhere else. That is convenient because you can get everything you want in one place.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 909member
    Another disruptive Apple creation. Can't wait to see what Apple comes up with in the years ahead.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,417member
    nunzy said:
    One great thing about the app store is that the developers can't sell their software anywhere else. That is convenient because you can get everything you want in one place.
    That’s simply not true. Developers are free to sell their phone app software products on Android.
    nunzychasm
  • Reply 5 of 6
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,672member
    nunzy said:
    One great thing about the app store is that the developers can't sell their software anywhere else. That is convenient because you can get everything you want in one place.
    Congratulations on having the most-wrong post of the day, if not the year thus far. Mac Developers who sell on the App Store can also sell their software on their website, they can offer a boxed version for retail. Mac and iOS devs can create versions of it for other platforms, or offer subscriptions via their own websites without paying Apple to handle it for them. In addition, iOS developers can, if they want to, forego the App Store and sell software through unofficial channels, though the market for this has (wisely) dried up.

    While I agree that the App Store and Mac App Store are tremendously convenient one-stop shops, iOS developers are only slightly less free than Mac developers to sell where and how they want.Given the rash of security and privacy issues that have been found on the Android side mostly (but not exclusively) coming from non-official stores, the iOS App Store is turning out to have major consumer and platform advantages regarind security and privacy that the Android world flat-out can't offer.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,768member
    nunzy said:
    One great thing about the app store is that the developers can't sell their software anywhere else. That is convenient because you can get everything you want in one place.
    That’s simply not true. Developers are free to sell their phone app software products on Android.
    I wouldn’t waste your time with this one. He’s just attention seeking. 
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