Apple’s press releases are all about numbers, well more often than not. The latest one proudly boasts of over $10 billion in sales of apps and content on the App Store through 2013, with over $1 billion in December alone, which makes it the most profitable month ever in App Store history.
Though Google Play Store has whizzed past the App Store in sheer number of Apps, Apple doesn’t forget to point out that they have over 500,000 native iPad apps available, which is still a far cry for the Android tablets. There are over 1 million apps for the iPhone and the developers across the world have earned over $15 billion on the App store.
Apple’s senior VP for Internet Service and software, Eddy Cue says:
We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store. The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.
Developers such as Evernote, Yahoo!, AirBnB, OpenTable, Tumblr, Pinterest and American Airlines get a special mention from Apple for updating their apps to the the iOS 7 UI, while the biggest successes include Candy Crush Saga, Puzzles & Dragons, Minecraft, QuizUp and Clumsy Ninja.
Developers to watch for 2014 according to Apple include Duolingo (United States), Simogo (Sweden), Frogmind (UK), Plain Vanilla Corp (Iceland), Atypical Games (Romania), Lemonista (China), BASE (Japan) and Savage Interactive (Australia).
Apple’s developers continue to make a hell lot of money as compared to their Android counterparts, but Apple has its task cut out to bring down the gap in the numbers of activations, with Android expected to reach 2 billion devices this year.