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MacRumors
Oct 22, 2009, 12:32 PM
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According to AppShopper, Apple's App Store has surpassed 100,000 approved iPhone and iPod touch applications (http://www.appshopper.com/). The mark is an unofficial milestone, however, as the count of currently available applications stands at only approximately 92,000. The difference results from the removal of applications from the App Store by either Apple or the applications' developers.

Apple's most recent official announcement of App Store application count occurred in late September, when the store surpassed two billion downloads (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/09/28/apple-surpasses-2-billion-app-store-downloads/) with 85,000 available apps. The 85,000-app figure was repeated at Apple's earnings conference call (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/10/19/apple-reports-1-67-billion-profit-for-q4-2009-most-profitable-quarter-ever/) earlier this week.

Article Link: App Store Passes 100,000 Approved Applications (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/22/app-store-passes-100000-approved-applications/)



rdowns
Oct 22, 2009, 12:43 PM
They just changed the voice over in their TV ads to 85,000 from 75,000 apps. And I still can't find more than a handful of useful ones.

jmann
Oct 22, 2009, 12:45 PM
Only if I had more money to buy apps...

BornAgainMac
Oct 22, 2009, 01:12 PM
In App purchase should help reduce that number.

kdarling
Oct 22, 2009, 01:28 PM
One day it'll pass a million applications.

But I keep wondering how many truly unique apps there can actually be on any platform. A few thousand?

Ice Dragon
Oct 22, 2009, 01:29 PM
They just changed the voice over in their TV ads to 85,000 from 75,000 apps. And I still can't find more than a handful of useful ones.

This sums up my viewpoint though when they changed the commercial, I was even surprised at how few there were. 100k is decent.

Squonk
Oct 22, 2009, 01:29 PM
They really need to overhaul the shopping experience. 100,000 applications is a lot to sift through.

I wonder how many of these 100K are even still in the store?

stagi
Oct 22, 2009, 01:30 PM
Wow thats crazy for the amount of time it's been up. I wonder how many of these are similar to others, or from people who just created an app to do it but won't be around in a few years. Pretty interesting to watch what happens.

Xibalba
Oct 22, 2009, 01:30 PM
They just changed the voice over in their TV ads to 85,000 from 75,000 apps. And I still can't find more than a handful of useful ones.

agreed.

it was neat at first to see the explosive growth of apps and the many who were getting into apple software development for the first time.

now, sorting through and finding truly worthwhile apps has become too much of a chore and not worth the time.

nagromme
Oct 22, 2009, 01:31 PM
They just changed the voice over in their TV ads to 85,000 from 75,000 apps. And I still can't find more than a handful of useful ones.

No one person needs tons of apps--with the obvious exception of gamers. But what having tons of apps does is a) offer choice within a given function and b) offer a lot of specific-purpose apps that meet very specific needs. Each of which is useless to most, and vital to a few.

nickXedge
Oct 22, 2009, 01:40 PM
They really need to overhaul the shopping experience. 100,000 applications is a lot to sift through.

I wonder how many of these 100K are even still in the store?

The article specifically states that there are approximately 92,000 currently available in the app store.

elpmas
Oct 22, 2009, 01:46 PM
How many are useful out of them?! :/
Just more work for us :(

DiveBum
Oct 22, 2009, 02:03 PM
And yet... no (i)KeePass. :(

iOrlando
Oct 22, 2009, 03:00 PM
where does appshopper get this data from?

hanpa
Oct 22, 2009, 03:43 PM
A very misleading number since there are so many apps that are contents packaged in an app, books etc. Despite the large number of "apps", it's hard to find apps since the search feature is not very efficient. Used to read App Shopper but got bored of the huge amount of "apps" that are just contents, not to mention all the silly fart and burp apps. Did a fast check right now, found a "Poop and Fart Jokes" app on the first page...

There must be something wrong with the approval process since the most interesting apps are rejected or crippled due to "user confusion", "duplicated functionality", "risk of bad user experience" etc. while at the same the the number of burp, fart and poop apps are "impressive". Given that, are all those apps good examples according to Apple of clear and unique functionality with superior user experience?

iJed
Oct 22, 2009, 03:51 PM
I wish they'd hurry up and approve my app. I submitted it 17 days ago and have made two changes so far in order to comply with whatever crazy submission rules they have. :mad:

macfan881
Oct 22, 2009, 05:02 PM
Where is Trillian :rolleyes:

Squonk
Oct 23, 2009, 09:15 AM
The article specifically states that there are approximately 92,000 currently available in the app store.

Thanks Nick - I didn't read the article. :(

92,000 is still an amazing selection of apps to sift through.

rjtyork
Oct 23, 2009, 09:37 AM
Now they just need to approve the google voice application. With A list, EVERY call is free. Lol Plus it's free texting. Screw ATT since they've been screwing us.

ProfDrSilver
Oct 23, 2009, 09:38 AM
That's an insane amount of Apps... :)

dejo
Oct 23, 2009, 09:48 AM
Brighthouse Labs has at least 2,472 of those. That is, almost 2.7% of all apps come from a single developer (a.k.a. app spammer).

Stella
Oct 23, 2009, 12:33 PM
Quality over quantity, please.

There's a load of shovelware in the AppStore at the moment.

businessgo
Oct 25, 2009, 02:21 PM
Advertising websites and magazines are the winners.

Supa_Fly
Oct 25, 2009, 02:34 PM
No one person needs tons of apps--with the obvious exception of gamers. But what having tons of apps does is a) offer choice within a given function and b) offer a lot of specific-purpose apps that meet very specific needs. Each of which is useless to most, and vital to a few.

don't forget the healthy ecosystem of competition bringing out the best of functionality when apps get updated to compete. This has worked so well go Symbian especially S60. I'd like too more quality apps like others but we won't get that until API's to calendar, notes, bookmarks and home screen on locked mode are opened up to developers. I want an app that can do incredibly powerful PIM suite functions that save entries into core iPhone system so that when I sync with my PC & Outlook I don't loose information. I'd also like this sync'd to the Me.com cloud service as well.

Rente wipe is great but if I'm using seperate 3rd. Party apps for PIM use then all that data is gone. Currently S60 Nokia devices with Ovi services offers this for free in ALL but one country. And third party developers like SBSH can have Calendar or contact bookmarks that have access to read/write to the core pim API thus cloud syncing is fully enabled. But the cloud sync must be done manually.

^ I want this on iPhone! Or beef up the core PIM better. Please Apple.

Jamesl94
Oct 25, 2009, 06:51 PM
lol

lllll
Oct 28, 2009, 09:00 PM
well, the hackers also approved 100,000 download. :D :D

http://www.macrumors.com/images/macrumorsthreadlogo.gif (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/22/app-store-passes-100000-approved-applications/)

According to AppShopper, Apple's App Store has surpassed 100,000 approved iPhone and iPod touch applications (http://www.appshopper.com/). The mark is an unofficial milestone, however, as the count of currently available applications stands at only approximately 92,000. The difference results from the removal of applications from the App Store by either Apple or the applications' developers.

Apple's most recent official announcement of App Store application count occurred in late September, when the store surpassed two billion downloads (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/09/28/apple-surpasses-2-billion-app-store-downloads/) with 85,000 available apps. The 85,000-app figure was repeated at Apple's earnings conference call (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/10/19/apple-reports-1-67-billion-profit-for-q4-2009-most-profitable-quarter-ever/) earlier this week.

Article Link: App Store Passes 100,000 Approved Applications (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/22/app-store-passes-100000-approved-applications/)

bstricker
Nov 4, 2009, 11:43 PM
Lets see I have about 50 apps on my phone but I only use a few regularly like NeuroMobile, some news readers and a few others. Most of my apps are free and the others I stopped using after using them a few times. If my usage pattern projects developers can't be making money. If developers are not making money the app store bubble will burst once developers realize that three are no riches to made. Certainly there will still be app support but you want see the ridicules numbers that are claimed now.

undheim
Nov 5, 2009, 10:13 AM
I agree. The App store will wear many of the individual developers down and submissions will drop. It is hard to make a decent app/game, but even harder to market it without spending serious cash. I think many developers, me included, got interested in the iPhone a while back, when it still seemed possible to get a little attention around your app/game given it had value. I will probably do my second app just for fun and because I would like to carry out the idea, I realize I can not expect to rise above the clutter unless I get a little lucky (or make a truly brilliant app :))

shauncampbell
Nov 9, 2009, 06:54 AM
I edit iPhone application reviews for a major review website - and I've definitely noticed a large increase in the number of very small (I'd say backyard) developers from all around the world trying to get their piece of the Apple pie.

From my experience, the apps that do well are very unique or have taken a winning concept from another platform and customized it with all of the features of the iPhone in mind. Marketing also plays a huge role, and the developers with the cash to back large-scale advertising and promotional programs are the ones who end up winning.

bruinsrme
Nov 9, 2009, 06:58 AM
100,000 apps.

That is a lot of apps to sift through, even if the apps store was somewhat more organized