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

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    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 AppShopper.com, 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. GeneralChang macrumors 6502a

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    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. ThisIsNotMe macrumors 68000

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    What was the first developer app in the app store???
     
  4. Razeus macrumors 601

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  5. troop231 macrumors 603

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    iFart probably. Jk
     
  6. JPSaltzman macrumors regular

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    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. troop231 macrumors 603

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    Nope, this is the Mac version:

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  8. macduke macrumors 603

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    I launched my first app last month. Yep, late to the party as usual! :cool:
     
  9. ctdonath macrumors 65816

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    Of those 1.2M apps available, about 75% are "zombies" with no activity and no [sensible] way to discover them.
     
  10. TWSS37 macrumors 65816

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    Discounted apps? What is this, the Google Play Store? No thanks. :apple:
     
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    Got excited... Drafts for iPad....:( not that kind of drafts :mad:
     
  12. Jovian9 macrumors 68000

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    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. singhjeet29 macrumors regular

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    The App Store has always had discounted apps, either by Apple or by the developer.
     
  14. the8thark macrumors 68040

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    Best is such a subjective word.

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

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    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. usersince86 macrumors 6502

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    Congrats to Apple for making a huge impact in the way developers are paid (and develop)!
     
  17. FieldingMellish Suspended

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

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

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    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. Razeus macrumors 601

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    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. wlossw macrumors 6502a

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    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. wiz329 macrumors 6502a

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    Know you're kidding ... but that app wouldn't have worked on the first iPod Touch, since it didn't have speakers!
     
  22. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    What?
     
  23. Snookerman macrumors 6502

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    No silly, that's the Aperture logo.
     
  24. Parasprite macrumors 68000

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    Aperture...sure rub it in why don't you... :p
     
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