The App Store is one of the strongest sources of revenue for Apple, thanks to the plethora of apps available within. And it must be doing well, as Apple has just announced a new record setting week for the digital marketplace.
As announced via press release, Apple has announced that the first week of January has set a new record thanks to billings from the App Store. According to the release, customers around the world managed to spend upwards of half a billion dollars within Apple’s app ecosystem. That number also includes in-app purchases. What’s more, Apple also confirmed that the New Year’s Day marked the biggest day ever in the history of the App Store.
Apple marks the announcement with a bit of a look back, saying that this trend follows a record-setting 2014 in general, with the App Store generating over $!0 billion in revenue for developers, and that billings in general rose by 50 percent throughout the year. The Cupertino-based company also confirmed that developers have earned a cumulative $25 billion from the sales of apps and games.
“This year is off to a tremendous start after a record-breaking year for the App Store and our developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re so proud of the creativity and innovation developers bring to the apps they create for iOS users and that the developer community has now earned over $25 billion.“
The press release manages to look over several different announcements that Apple made through 2014, including Apple Pay, the Apple Watch and more. However, it also brings attention to the partnership with (RED) that Apple has had going for quite some time. According to the release, Apple donated a “record-shattering” $20 million in the quarter, while the company has donated over $100 million in total since the partnership began.
Finally, Apple rounds out the stats of the App Store’s impact on the globe, pointing to the 627,000 jobs that have been created in the United States alone since the App Store launched in 2008. Raw numbers show that the App Store offers over 1.4 million apps for devices like the iPhone and iPad, and those apps are available in 155 countries. Apple says that over 725,000 of those apps are made specifically for the iPad, too.
The full release is available in the source link below.[via Apple]