App Store turns 10 with 500 mn weekly visitors

San Francisco: Customers in 155 countries are visiting App Store more often, staying longer and downloading and using more apps than ever before, the Cupertino-based iPhone giant has said.

App Store, that will turn 10 on July 10, now sees 500 million weekly visitors and hundreds of stories on the “Today” tab that have been read by more than 1 million people.

“When Apple introduced the App Store on July 10, 2008 with 500 apps, it ignited a cultural, social and economic phenomenon that changed how people work, play, meet, travel and so much more,” Apple said in a statement on Friday.

With the introduction of in-app purchase (IAP) in 2009, customers could download an app and then pay to unlock different levels and functionality. By June 2010, $1 billion were paid out to developers from IAP and paid apps.

Subscriptions are up 95 per cent from 2017, and as of June 2018, developers have earned over $100 billion from the App Store, the company informed.

“In its first decade, the App Store has surpassed all of our wildest expectations. We could not be more proud of what developers have created and what the next 10 years have in store,” said Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Apple.

New iPhones in blue, orange and gold

  • $1,000 The 6.5-inch iPhone 2018 model is likely to be priced around $1,000 and will feature dual SIM capabilities, according to a key analyst associated with Taiwanese business group KGI Securities.
  • While this model would come in black, white and gold colour variant, the entry-level 6.1-inch LCD iPhone was likely to be launched in grey, white, blue, red & orange colours.
  • Earlier, the analyst had reportedly said that the iPhone maker would announce and release all three 2018 iPhones in September.
  • In 2017, Apple announced the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would be out by September.
  • That’s a potential five new colours for the LCD model. It is very possible that when Kuo says ‘grey’ and ‘white’ he is referring to the Space Grey and Silver finishes as seen on iPhone X.
  • “We’ve mocked up the new finishes above by tinting an iPhone X, but note, the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is not expected to have a dual-camera system,” the report added.