Just before America’s 237th birthday today, Apple celebrated the App Store’s 5th anniversary with a poster that highlights some of the milestones of the popular online store. Apple introduced the App Store alongside the iPhone 3G in 2008, allowing developers to create and sell apps. As a result, the iPhone was able to run third-party applications for the first time.
The App Store launched with roughly 500 applications for the iPhone, and has since grown to include over 850,000. Apple added the iPad to its iOS device lineup in 2010, and has since 350,000 apps native to that, as well.
The commemorative poster shows the download milestones the App Store has seen, starting off with merely 10 million downloads and rising to hit over 50 billion downloads. Alongside the download milestones are some of the most popular apps on the App Store, including Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Netflix, HBO Go, Paper, and even Draw Something. During the WWDC 2013 keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that the company paid out up to $10 billion to developers.
With Apple’s App Store reaching new milestones with each passing year, it’s no surprise the company is using this as marketing material to show just how popular some of their services are, especially at a time when Apple’s credibility is under scrutiny.