Apple's App Store Turns Six, Developers Discount Apps in Celebration

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Today marks the sixth anniversary of the App Store, which first debuted on July 10, 2008 in an iTunes update. App Store access came to original iPhone and the new iPhone 3G the next day with the July 11 introduction of iOS 2.0.

    Since its introduction, the App Store has grown by leaps and bounds. As of June 2014, the App Store had seen 75 billion total app downloads, a massive number compared to the 1 billion apps downloaded milestone Apple hit in 2009. Apple is seeing 300 million visitors to the App Store per week. To date, Apple has paid out more than $15 billion to app developers, and in 2013, App Store sales topped $10 billion.

    According to app tracking site AppShopper, 1.7 million total apps have been approved, with 1,188,063 apps available for download (a number also confirmed by Apple during WWDC). One million of those are iPhone apps, while nearly 600,000 are for the iPad. There are also a total of 20,801 Mac apps, a solid number given the fact that the Mac App Store has only been around since 2011.

    In celebration of Apple's sixth App Store anniversary, several developers are offering steep discounts on popular apps. Some of the best deals can be found below:

    - Monument Valley $1.99, down from $3.99 [Direct Link]
    - Threes $0.99, down from $1.99 [Direct Link]
    - The Room 2 $0.99, down from $1.99 [Direct Link]
    - Kiwanuka $0.99, down from $1.99 [Direct Link]
    - Tengami $1.99, down from $4.99 [Direct Link]
    - Eliss Infinity $0.99, down from $2.99 [Direct Link]
    - Out There $1.99, down from $3.99 [Direct Link]
    - Blast-A-Way $0.99, down from $4.99 [Direct Link]
    - Lost Toys $1.99, down from $3.99 [Direct Link]
    - Drafts for iPad $2.99, down from $4.99 [Direct Link]
    - Blek $0.99, down from $2.99 [Direct Link]

    To find even more apps on sale, make sure to check out, which keeps track of all App Store changes, including price drops.

    With iOS 8, set to be launched to the public later this year, Apple will offer several App Store improvements, including a new "Explore" tab to make it easier to discover content, improved searches, app bundles, and integrated beta testing.

    Article Link: Apple's App Store Turns Six, Developers Discount Apps in Celebration
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2013
    I see numbers for how well the App store is doing and usually just zone out. Those numbers are too big to really mean anything to me. I have, like, thirty-five apps on my phone. Am I doing this whole “consumer” thing wrong?
  3. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2008
    What was the first developer app in the app store???
  4. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
  5. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    iFart probably. Jk
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2011
    I'm confused. You are showing the logo for the "Mac App Store" (a separate application introduced as part of the Snow Leopard 10.6.6 Upgrade), not the App Store for iDevices that is part of iTunes. The two are different beasts.
  7. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Nope, this is the Mac version:

  8. macrumors 601


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I launched my first app last month. Yep, late to the party as usual! :cool:
  9. macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Of those 1.2M apps available, about 75% are "zombies" with no activity and no [sensible] way to discover them.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    Discounted apps? What is this, the Google Play Store? No thanks. :apple:
  11. Zxxv, Jul 10, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014

    macrumors 68030

    Nov 13, 2011
    Got excited... Drafts for iPad....:( not that kind of drafts :mad:
  12. macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    Some decent discounts on 'Korg' apps for the iPad. Been waiting awhile to pick some of these up and will save about $30-$40 now. Nice sale going on here!
  13. macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008

    The App Store has always had discounted apps, either by Apple or by the developer.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    Best is such a subjective word.

    But there are some really good deals here (found them on the appshopper site.)
  15. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
    Woo congrats!

    Although Ive only been around about 3 years (and missed the heyday of app sales) its been a pretty good ride so far.

    I had no idea the 6 year was coming up and actually raised the price of my game on the store today haha
  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2002
    Columbus, Ohio
    Congrats to Apple for making a huge impact in the way developers are paid (and develop)!
  17. macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I can see a first years anniversary celebration; a 10 year one. But six?
  18. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Hey, that means it's about 6.5 years since I put 3rd party apps on my device.


    There is no wrong. But if you want a comparison, I have 115 apps on the phone. And I just removed a whole bunch this week.
  19. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    Many of those apps need to be cleared out and deleted. How about sharing apps that are still in active development. I have apps from the early days that still show up that haven't been updated in years. These are inflated numbers.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Get threes if you haven't already. It's my goto kill 5 minutes game. Easy to pickup, easy to put down, fun for 5 minutes, or an hour.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    Know you're kidding ... but that app wouldn't have worked on the first iPod Touch, since it didn't have speakers!
  22. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012

  23. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2008
    No silly, that's the Aperture logo.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Aperture...sure rub it in why don't you... :p
  25. macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2007
    Redmond, WA

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