Happy 10th Anniversary, App Store!

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Today marks the 10th anniversary of the App Store for iOS devices, which launched on July 10, 2008, just a day before the iPhone 3G came out. The iPhone 3G was the device Apple used to debut the App Store, with the new functionality built into the iPhone 3G's operating system, iPhone OS 2.


    Prior to the launch of the App Store, Apple in March of 2008 introduced an iPhone SDK, providing early app developers with the tools to build the first third-party apps. On stage at the announcement event, demo apps included EA's Spore Origins for the iPhone, AIM, Sega's Super Monkey Ball, and a Salesforce app, and within a matter of days, the original iPhone SDK had been downloaded more than 100,000 times.


    When the App Store opened up in July 2008, 500 third-party apps were ready to download, and in less than a week, Apple announced 10 million apps had been downloaded. From Apple CEO Steve Jobs:
    Since that initial debut, the App Store has evolved on a yearly basis, with Apple continually refining and revamping the App Store experience for both consumers and developers. We thought we'd explore the App Store's history, highlighting the major evolutionary steps (and a few fun facts) that have ultimately transformed the way we use our iOS devices.

    - July 10, 2008 - The App Store launches with 500 apps available, 25 percent of which were free, and 75 percent that customers had to purchase.

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  2. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    The accessibility for developers was a real game changer. Thank you Apple.
  3. Tech198, Jul 10, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2018

    Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Happy Birthday App Store. *blows party whistle*
  4. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    How many of those early apps are still available today? My oldest apps purchased from my iPhone 4 that still works on my iPhone 7 iOS 10 is Fat-a-Pult from Pinger and Video D/L from NetPowerApps.
    Restoring purchases no longer works for a lot of apps now.
  5. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
  6. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Remember it like it was yesterday. AIM was pretty much dead for my friends and I at that point, but I still wanted to try it out.

    Can’t really remember other apps I had besides Facebook.
  7. Schranke macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Happy Birthday, now time for a serious makeover.
    - Better app categorisation
    - Dedicated Kids store
    - Target age

    Many of these wishes comes from frustration of always seeing tons of apps aimed at toddlers and kids when browsing different categories trying to find something new and interesting
  8. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Good question, the earliest apps I remember installing are Angry Birds, a Bonsai Tree app and Doom Classic. Only Angry Birds would still work and is being updated.
  9. hexum23 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2008
    I just got really nostalgic and almost emotional reading this. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I got my iPhone 3G. Before iPhone, I was very into “smart” phones like the Samsung sgh500, treo 650, htc tytn, always tinkering and downloading mods off xdadevelopers. Then the iPhone came out and it was an amazingly more positive experience and never felt the need to mod again as I was able to just enjoy the phone and the App Store allowed for a level of customization/addition that always made my phone fun, new and exciting. Apps like Urban Spoon and Around Me and games like Enigmo and Aqua Forest come to mind as some of my firsts.
  10. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    Happy birthday and thank you for helping a lot of folks, including myself, earn money from apps.
  11. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Despite all critics, I appreciate Apple continued its approach with a strict quality and approval policy. Surely room for improvement is everywhere, yet I have a way better feeling when my kids crawl the App Store compared to Google's Play Store.
  12. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Remember safari used to show checkerboard when scrolling around. Then in newer iOS updates it would refresh when you would switch to open tabs.
    Don't experience that anymore on my 7 iOS 10. Concerned if I update to 11 or 12 that will return.
  13. freezelighter macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2014
    Liestal, Switzerland
    Every app was unique and magic...
    Only very few of them still exist in the App Store.

    And the games?
    Rolando, Flight control, Bioshock, Doom... all gone.

  14. BigDO macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    Hmmm I had a pretty similar experience (other smartphones and mods), but while I always enjoyed using an iPhone, jailbreak was a non negotiable till iOS 7 or so - too many basic features were missing and required JB to be on par.
  15. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I remember this day fondly. I had loaded up a lot of apps onto my original iPhone, and the next day I played Super Monkey Ball for hours while waiting in line for the iPhone 3g. Overnight the iPhone became incredibly versatile and powerful. Best update ever.
  16. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    imo the popularity of the App Store was what sent the iPhone apart at the beginning.

    Remember the “there’s an app for that” commercials
  17. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    I remember one the early games I installed on my iPhone was Apple’s own poker game. It was great, wish it still worked.
  18. Dustonfoster macrumors member


    Sep 30, 2017
    I remember calling into Rogers as my father 10 years ago and ordering myself an iPhone 3G!

    I was 14 at the time and had no money, I had a month before the bill came in to come up with some haha. Mom found the packaging before the bill came in and I lied and said it was a friends.. then confessed a few days later. It was not easy hiding my phone everyday :p.

    Long story short the iPhone / Apple has helped me get where I am today, it lead me to be obsessed with technology. I ended up breaking the screen on my
    3G and was very upset, I called Apple to get pricing but it was ridiculous! Can’t remember the price but for a 14yo it wasn’t good haha. The Apple REP actually suggested I look online for a replacement screen for a DIY fix... prior to this I’ve been tinkering with remote controlled cars, boats, planes etc but never a smart phone. I ordered the parts, waited and then installed a new screen. Family was impressed, as were my friends and teachers. From that day forward they were all asking me to fix their devices. I started fixing phones for the public when I was only 15/16 and was pulling in more cash that I do today LOL. Shortly after that those mall kiosks started popping up everywhere so I decided to focus on other things.

    Anyways, very greatful for what we have today.
  19. wwooden macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2004
    Burlington, VT
    I remember downloading dozens of apps and have them all setup in iTunes before I bought my first iPhone, the iPhone 3G. Some of my favorite early apps were the marble maze app, Angry Birds, temple run. I also remember buying the TomTom app and using it for years as my driving navigation, before google maps and Apple maps became robust enough. Another highlight was when Netflix created their app and I could watch any shows on my mobile device, that blew me away.

    Now I never go into the app store and look for apps. I've removed most games, other than a few like cribbage and hearts. I also don't like that most apps now request your info, the early games and service apps just let you use it without signing in.
  20. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    It feels like hyperbole to say it changed everything, but it really did.
    - Wishlist
  21. thenewyorkgod macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Were you able to get apps another way before the app store? Or was the phone just for whatever stock apps came with it?
  22. iJandro macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2010
    San Francisco, CA
    As someone who graduated with a graphic design major around this time 10 years ago, I laughed at the thought of ever seeing any involvement in designing apps....boy was I wrong!
  23. Cloudkicker macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2016
    London, Canada/Los Angeles, CA
    Happy 30% take day? "You developers help make up for sluggish MacBook, iPad & HomePod sales. Love, Apple -- The iPhone (& Dongles) Company"
  24. 3rdiguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2012
    I miss the original Koi Pond so much. That was my first app I got for my iPhone. Wish they would bring it back.
  25. HiVolt macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    App Store was great when it came out. Too bad it has been tainted with so many games & apps that are full of IAP's.

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