Apple App Store hits 40 billion downloads; 20 billion in 2012, alone

Apple App Store has reached a new milestone in total app downloads.

The manufacturer of the iPhone announced today that there have been 40 billion downloads for unique applications in its App Store since the market launched in 2008. Count excludes Apple redownloads single download and updates. Of the 40 billion applications downloaded to date, nearly 20 billion were downloaded in 2012, the company said.

Apple App Store now has more than 500 million active accounts, and 2 billion apps were downloaded in December alone, making it the best month in the history of the market '. The App Store has 775,000 applications available for iOS devices.

Developers, of course, have benefited from the growth of the App Store. According to the vice president of Apple Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, 7 billion has been paid to the iOS App Store developers.The growth during the past year was simply amazing. In June, Apple announced that its market reached 30 billion downloads and 400 million active accounts. At that time, the App Store has 650,000 applications available. In October, these figures rose to 35 billion app downloads and 700,000 applications.

Based on these figures, it appears Apple App Store growth is accelerating. While it took four months for Apple downloads 5000000000 pointing between June and October, which jumped to three months between October and January.

Acceleration app downloads is expected to continue over the next 12 months, according to research firm Flurry Analytics. The company said last week in a report detailing the application downloads on iOS and Android, more than 1 billion mobile programs will be downloaded on these operating systems every week by the fourth quarter of 2013. After that, the research firm expects that combined 2 billion applications downloaded for iOS and Android devices based weekly.

Apple has decided to announce the news today may not be a coincidence. The Consumer Electronics Show - an event Apple has stayed away from for years - is in full force this week. In recent years, Apple has often announced day of CES to steal some new titles. This year was no different....

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