Apple has announced that 40 billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store. That’s a huge number, but what’s even more surprising is the fact that half this number were downloaded in 2012 alone. In addition, Apple also announced the App Store now has more than 500 million active accounts, and in December, 2012, it reached a record-breaking two billion downloads. As of today, there are now 775,000 apps developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch worldwide, and Apple has paid more than seven billion dollars for those apps.
This achievement in 2012 can be credited to games like Imangi Studios’ Temple Run, which was downloaded more than 75 million times. Freemium titles Dragon Vale and Clash of Clans raked in more than $100 million for the developers Backflip Studios and Supercell respectively. Other apps which contributed to the succcess of the App Store in 2012 include Flipboard, Uber, HotelTonight and AirBNB.
Of course, other big game developers such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Autodesk, Marvel and Major League Baseball also put in their share with their iOS apps and games offerings.
Incidentally, the 40 billion downloaded apps do not include re-downloads and updates. Now, if you’re still wondering whether the iOS ecosphere is stagnating, the answer is pretty clear—Apple’s App ecosystem is alive, kicking and rolling in the dough for Apple in 2012.