Apple now has over 34 million registered developers

in General Discussion edited June 2022
At Apple's World Wide Developer Conference on Monday, Tim Cook mentioned that there are now 34 million registered developers with the company's platform.

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Developers are the lifeblood of the Apple ecosystem and it's important for the company to highlight their contributions. In May, Apple shared two studies showing how the App Store has created 2.2 million jobs in the United States.

Earnings from small developers have increased by 118 percent, and since 2019 these developers that earned less than one million per year with fewer than one million downloads.

Mr. Cook mentioned the Apple Developer Center, a new building across from the Apple Park headquarters. A small number of developers were invited to attend WWDC22 in person. This event has been virtual since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Center is a tentaive re-introduction to the original live events.

In this building developers experienced macOS-themed rooms, the latest technology from Apple engineers, and a smaller version of the Steve Jobs Theater which is where the company presents keynotes. This smaller theater, dubbed Big Sur Theater, lets developers gather in person while watching the keynote on a giant display.

Last year Apple revealed a new program for developers called Tech Talks. Consisting of online sessions, workshops, and discussions with Apple engineers, the two month program was essential to help developers stay updated with the newest Apple technologies.

Mr. Cook also highlighted the Developer Academy, a program designed to reach underrepresented peoples. These teach students all about coding as well as other skills necessary to find or create App Store-related jobs. Currently there are 17 such programs around the world.

In February 2022 Apple launched its first Developer Academy in Saudi Arabia designed for women. Additionally, further programs were launched for Black and Latin company founders.

Sessions, Labs, and Digital Lounges are once again available for Apple developers in 2022, and these are available for free.

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    dewmedewme Posts: 5,490member
    This is a very large number, which is fabulous for the future of Apple and its developer community.

    The puzzling thing though is that by at least one source (whom I can't vouch for its authority: indicates that there are only 24.3 million software developers in the world. That's a pretty significant difference, especially when you consider the large numbers of developers who are exclusive to Windows, Linux, or the embedded space.

    Perhaps Apple's number is based on the number of registrations in its developer programs rather than the number of actual developers?

    As far as I know anyone can register for Apple's developer program. Hopefully some of those people who are signing up for Apple's developer programs who are not actually developers are still actively contributing to the Apple developer community in some way, like budding developers dipping their toes in the water, or those who are helping out with beta testing, which are all net positives in Apple's favor.

    It's good news for Apple no matter how you slice it, but the numerical discrepancy caught my eye. 
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