Apple shatters App Store numbers yet again

Sales topped $10 billion in 2013

EDMONTON, AB, Jan 7, 2014/ Troy Media/ – With International CES 2014 about to kickoff, Apple jump-started this highly tech infused week by announcing some record app numbers in a number of categories, including downloads, dollars spent and monies paid to app developers.

According to Apple, December was the App Store’s most successful month in its short five-and-a-half-year history, with close to three billion downloads, And not all of them were freebies, as is reflected in the over $10 billion spent at the app store during all of 2013.

Apple, of course, showed its appreciation to those of us who dug deep into our pockets. “We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”

Not all the app store apps are Apple products, of course; in fact, very few are, although Apple not surprisingly does get a cut out of each one sold. But the heart and soul of the app store is really the non-Apple developers who have now earned $15 billion from the App Store.

Apple says that with the introduction of its latest operating system, iOS 7, developers are now able to create stunning apps that take advantage of the redesigned user interface and the more than 200 new features and APIs.

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It commended developers such as Evernote, Yahoo!, AirBnB, OpenTable, Tumblr, Pinterest and American Airlines for re-imagined the user experience and bringing content to the forefront while increasing the overall efficiency and performance of their apps.

But it’s not just major players and Fortune 500 companies that were in the game. Some surprise hits for 2013 included Head Up ($0.99), a word-guessing game app by Warner Bros. and TV personality Ellen DeGeneres; ProtoGeo’s Moves ($2.99), which tracks your everyday exercise, commuting and time spent in important places; Kevin Ng’s Impossible Road ($1.99), a minimalist yet fun arcade game; and Simon Filip’s Afterlight ($0.99), an image-editing app filled with tools, filters and textures.

Apple also pointed out that successful developers come from all around the world. In fact, international developers created many of this year’s chart toppers like Candy Crush Saga, Puzzles & Dragons, Minecraft, QuizUp and Clumsy Ninja. Some of the developers to watch for 2014 include Duolingo (United States), Simogo (Sweden), Frogmind (UK), Plain Vanilla Corp (Iceland), Atypical Games (Romania), Lemonista (China), BASE (Japan) and Savage Interactive (Australia).

The timing of the App Store announcement was no surprise as Apple chooses to forgo the annual January pilgrimage to International CES in favour of its own events. But even with its absence its presence is still felt as hundreds of vendors hock Apple-related products and accessories or attempt to outdo the likes of the iPhone and iPad.

Senior Editor Greg Gazin is a  Syndicated Tech Columnist, Small Business and Technology Speaker. He can be reached at Gadgetguy.CA on Twitter @gadgetgreg or you can find him on Empire Avenue at (e)GADGET1.

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