App Store Surpasses 15 Billion Downloads

Apple announced today that its App Store has surpassed 15 billion downloads by more than 200 million iOS device users since its inception in 2008.

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.

A graph showing the growth of the App Store from 2008 to present, courtesy of MacRumors

The App Store debuted with the release of the iPhone 3G in July 2008, boasting more than 500 apps at its opening, a paltry-sounding number by today’s standards. The App Store was a hit immediately, reaching 10 million downloads in its first weekend alone and it hit the 10 billion downloads mark earlier this year in January. Today, the app store has over 425,000 apps, of which more than 100,000 are iPad-specific.