The number of apps on the App Store continues to grow at a massive pace. But, how about the number of downloads? Have users like you and me downloaded enough apps onto our iOS devices lately?
The number of app downloads has always been somewhat of a mystery. There is the usual debate on whether or not the App Store discovery mechanism is good enough for all of us to find good apps, which would result in a large number of applications being downloaded to our devices. Today, Apple issued a press release that reveals the number of apps that have been downloaded from the App Store.
Earlier this year (January to be exact), more than 10 billion apps had been downloaded from the App Store worldwide. That milestone marked an impressive number and one that certainly speaks to Apple’s success.
Today, Apple hit another milestone as the App Store passed 15 billion downloads. This is just over 5 months after reaching the previous 10 billion download mark. In case you’re wondering, the App Store currently has a total of 425,000 iOS apps, including 100,000 native iPad apps.
As reported by Peter Kakfa from All Things D, Apple announced during its June developers conference a total of 14 billion downloads. This means that all of us managed to download 1 billion apps over the last month alone. That is a lot of apps across iOS devices.
Business Insider have also pointed out some statistics that show an average of 75 apps downloaded per iOS device owner. This is an impressive number. Clearly, you and I are spending too much time on our iPads, iPhones or iPod Touch.
Needless to say, Apple is quite happy about these numbers.
“In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.”
If you want to read Apple’s official press release click here.
Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in following the ever increasing number of apps in the App Store, it’s easy. Simply launch iTunes on the iPad and go to the App Store. At the top of the window, you’ll see the newly added “Release Date” button next to “New” and “What’s Hot.” Click on ”Release Date”. Then, you will get to see the growing number of apps available in the App Store. Interestingly enough, it also includes another bit of information – the total number of iPad apps.
[via Apple's Press Release]
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Earlier today, Apple announced that it will hold its annual WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) from June 6 to June 10, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The event will be focused on “the future of iOS and OS X,” and will feature more than than 100 sessions, to help iOS and Mac developers enhance their coding techniques, and exchange coding tips.
Several sessions will be focused on the new features offered by OS X Lion, as well as iOS. While the press release published by Apple earlier today does not mention it explicitly, the event could also be used by Apple to offer a glimpse of what iOS 5 will offer, once released during fall 2o11.
About a thousand of Apple engineers will be invited to the event, so if you happen to be an iOS or OS X developer – and are willing to pay the $1,599 entry fee – the show will be a great way to meet the folks who build the operating system you use everyday.
As usual, Apple will give its yearly Design Awards for apps developers, for apps “that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.” Last year, only iPhone and iPad apps were included in the Design Awards content, but this time around, Apple will also include Mac apps – an smart move, given that Apple launched the Mac App Store earlier this year.
Full press release below:
CUPERTINO, California—March 28, 2011—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 6 through June 10 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At this year’s five-day conference Apple will unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS®, including exciting demonstrations of the new kinds of apps that developers can build using Apple’s advanced frameworks and more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers.
“At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.”
Mobile developers will be able to explore the latest innovations and capabilities of iOS and learn how to greatly enhance the functionality, performance and design of their apps. Mac® developers will see and learn how to develop world-class Mac OS X Lion applications using its latest technologies and capabilities. Developers can even bring their code to the labs and work with Apple engineers, applying development techniques and best-practices to enhance their apps.
Activities at Apple’s WWDC 2011 include:
- more than 100 technical sessions presented by Apple engineers on a wide range of technology-specific topics for developing, deploying and integrating the latest iOS and Mac OS technologies;
- over 1,000 Apple engineers providing developers with code-level assistance, insight into optimal development techniques, and guidance on how they can make the most of iOS and Mac OS technologies in their apps;
- the opportunity to connect with thousands of fellow iPad®, iPhone® and Mac developers from around the world; and
Apple Design Awards which recognize iPad, iPhone and Mac apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design.
Go to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 website (developer.apple.com/wwdc) to purchase tickets, as well as for updates and more information.
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
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Apple announced today that the iPad’s new wireless printing feature, found in iOS 4.2, has been renamed “AirPlay” and will be available this November on HP’s ePrint ready printers.
Steve Jobs demoed wireless printing on the iPad during Apple’s special media event last month and said it was one of the top new features iPad users could expect with the rollout of iOS 4.2 for the iPad. The feature allows users to find and select a printer on a wireless network and then seamlessly print photos, e-mails, documents or webpages to a printer without the need to install any drivers or special software. “AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.
HP is embracing Apple’s new AirPrint technology and is providing full support for the feature in their current and future ePrint inkjet and laser printers. HP is the first company to support the new iOS feature and they plan to have the feature ready in time for the holiday shopping season.
AirPrint will be available for iPads, iPhones and iPods running iOS 4.2 beginning this November.
Full Apple Press Release:
Apple’s AirPrint Wireless Printing for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch Coming to Users in November
Available First on HP ePrint Printers
CUPERTINO, California—September 15, 2010—Apple® today announced that it is releasing a beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch® to members of Apple’s iOS developer program today, and that AirPrint will be included in the free iOS 4.2 software update in November. AirPrint automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.
“AirPrint is Apple’s powerful new printing architecture that matches the simplicity of iOS—no set up, no configuration, no printer drivers and no software to download,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to an HP ePrint printer or to a printer shared on a Mac or PC.”
“We’re pleased to work with Apple to bring Apple’s AirPrint to our fall lineup of ePrint printers in time for the holiday shopping season,” said Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group. “Making it easy for our customers to print anytime, anywhere, is a key priority for HP. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch customers are going to love how easy it is to print using our new range of ePrint printers, creating high-quality printed pages in an instant.”
AirPrint is designed to support a wide range of printers from entry level inkjet printers to office laser printers. Additionally, iOS 4.2 devices can print to printers shared through a Mac® or a PC. iOS 4.2 compatible HP printers this fall include the HP Photosmart, Officejet, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint enabled printers.
*AirPrint will work with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (second generation and later).
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Autodesk, makers of the popular 3D design and engineering software AutoCAD, announced today that they will introduce a version of AutoCAD for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The new AutoCAD WS mobile application will allow iOS users to edit and share AutoCAD files, giving mobile design and engineering professionals the ability to collaborate with clients and colleagues while on the go.
The release of AutoCAD WS coincides with Autodesk’s introduction of AutoCAD for the Mac. Although AutoCAD has been absent from the Mac market for over 18 years, they have already embraced the iPhone and iPad ecosystems, releasing the popular SketchBook and Fluid FX iOS apps.
Apple, in a rare move, heralded the introduction of AutoCAD for the Mac and iOS. “Apple is thrilled that Autodesk is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac and we think it’s the perfect combination for millions of design and engineering professionals,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The AutoCAD WS app is a bold new idea, a mobile version of industry-leading design software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the world’s most innovative mobile devices.”
AutoCAD WS for iOS will ship beginning this fall and will be available as a free app from Apple’s App Store.
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