Apple iPad Reaches 100,000 Apps Landmark

Apple has what is clearly the top tablet on the market with the iPad and here are more than 100,000 iPad-specific apps on sale in the App Store. It took Apple 452 days to surpass the 100,000 iPad app mark to land at 100,161 dedicated iPad apps and the milestone comes a little over a year after Apple unveiled the original iPad. The AppStore is now becoming one of Apple’s prized possessions in terms of digital downloads and with the current growth of the iPad, it would be no surprise to see a 200,000 app milestone soon……….


Apple iPad has a bunch of apps with everything covered but the web browsers that are available for the iPad don’t give you access to the full web and the App Store does apps that can cater to some of the problems that no Adobe Flash support fosters. Apple iPad users gaining access to almost 100,000 apps in roughly 12 months was a surprise and in 453 days since the original iPad came out on April 3, 2010, the App Store has more than 100,000 iPad-exclusive apps available. Either specifically targeting the tablet, or released as universal updates to existing iPhone apps, at the moment of writing this there are 100,161 iPad apps in the Store. The original iPhone came out with no SDK in 2007 and developers were told to create web apps for it. Apple listened, and months later they released the first developer tools to create native apps for the iPhone. With the release of the iPhone 3G in 2008, Apple also launched the App Store, a unified marketplace to browse and download apps. The rest is history: a few graphical enhancements, sections, and 10 billion downloads later, the App Store is Apple’s crown jewel as far as digital downloads go. A success that has inspired the company to create an OS X version and name it Mac App Store which, unsurprisingly, is once again helping developers sustain their business because of the ease of use of the whole process. On the other hand, users love discovering and buying apps from the App Store because it’s simple, it’s full of apps, and it’s regularly updated. It’s a win-win scenario for Apple (who keeps a 30% cut off every transaction), the developers, and the users. 100,000 is an important milestone, but don’t expect things to change dramatically in a short period of time. The App Store will be slightly tweaked to accomodate new sections as it’s always been, more apps will be released in the next weeks and users will keep buying apps and games. Don’t expect a revolution because Apple has reached 100,000 apps for the iPad. But that’s not to say the result isn’t remarkable or that new things aren’t coming: with iCloud going public this fall and Automatic Downloads already set in place, Apple wants to make the process of buying and syncing apps to iOS devices even simpler.



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