Apple's cup runneth over with apps

Apple sent out a press release this morning, crowing about the 40 billion apps that people have now downloaded from the App Store. In typical fashion, the publicists piled on the numbers - nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone! over 500 million active accounts! 775,000 apps now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch!

And my favorite of all: over 2 billion apps downloaded in the month of December!

They also unleashed a fury of adjectives – record-breaking! incredible! – and then had some of their happy developers weigh in as well on the adjective front:

“Our success on iOS has been incredible,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of Consumer Products for Autodesk. “We set off with the modest goal of bringing SketchBook to iPhone users as a way of introducing them to Autodesk. Fast forward three years, we now offer 20 apps to iOS users that have achieved more than 50 million downloads, and we continue to roll out new creativity and design tools that appeal to both professionals and consumers.”

And this from Bad Robot Interactive’s JJ Abrams:

“The App Store provided us with opportunities beyond our wildest dreams. Our app Action Movie FX was designed to bring Hollywood special effects to anyone’s self-made video, whether that be on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and we’re just thrilled that millions of fans around the world were as excited as we were about the possibilities that this app brings.”

And those 2 billion apps downloaded in December? In case you were wondering, I did the math:

64,516,129 apps each day

2,688,172 apps each hour

44,802 apps each minute

and – drum roll, please!

746 apps per second

Had enough? OK, I’ll stop.

Patrick May Patrick May (313 Posts)

With more than 30 years on the front line of daily American journalism, I'm currently a staff writer with the San Jose Mercury News, covering Apple and writing people-centric business stories from Silicon Valley.