Total Number of App Store Apps Shrank in 2017 Thanks to Apple's Quality Crackdown

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The number of apps available in the App Store shrank for the first time ever in 2017, according to data shared today by App Store analytics company Appfigures (via TechCrunch).

    At the end of 2017, there were 2.1 million iOS apps available in the App Store, compared to 2.2 million apps at the beginning of the year.


    Starting in September of 2016, Apple told developers it would be removing old, outdated apps that had not been updated with compatibility for more recent devices or no longer complied with current review guidelines.

    Apple also created new App Store guidelines limiting apps created from commercialized templates or app generation services, and officially banned virus scanning apps, plus it cracked down on clone and spam apps, all of which contributed to the company's App Store cleanup efforts.

    Changes in iOS 11 may have had the biggest impact on the available number of apps in the App Store, though. With iOS 11, Apple stopped supporting 32-bit apps, which the company began phasing out in 2013. 32-bit apps do not open on devices running iOS 11, nor can older 32-bit apps be found in the App Store.

    Since 2015, Apple has required all apps and app updates to use 64-bit architecture, so apps that became defunct with iOS 11 had not been updated in at least two years.

    Appfigures says that the decrease in apps can also be attributed to a dip in the number of new apps submitted by developers in 2017. Just 755,000 new apps were added to the App Store in 2017, down 29 percent from the previous year. This too could be attributed to Apple's more restrictive App Store policies cutting down on low-quality apps.


    While the number of App Store apps has declined due to Apple's efforts to make sure apps in the App Store are prioritizing quality, Google Play growth has accelerated. In 2017, Google Play reached 3.6 million available apps, a growth of 30 percent. Android developers released 1.5 million new apps in 2017, up 17 percent.

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  2. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
  3. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    And this is why I’ll never go back to Android.

    I’d much prefer a quality, rules enforced App Store like Apple’s over Google Play. Google needs to be way stricter! But hell, Google don’t even follow their own guidelines.
  4. rjohnstone macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2007
    PHX, AZ.
    There are plenty of garbage apps in the App Store.
  5. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Raising the bar is good as long as everything is clear and consistent. What is good is that Apple have improved on quality, clarity, and consistency. It doesn't mean they get everything right, but they are improving, and it is very welcome.
  6. ThisIsNotMe Suspended

    Aug 11, 2008
    And people still claim that iOS is the platform to develop on....
    Apple is facing the same issues they faced with Windows and its going to work out for them exactly how it worked out for them in the past. Not good long term.
  7. lucianmarin macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2014
    Quality increases by quantity. I couldn't find any quality apps on App Store, so I switched to Android.
  8. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    I don’t believe you.
  9. krause734 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Lots of great apps I paid for no longer in the store thanks to Apple's incessant updates.
  10. Cankoda macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2011
    It’s not good that they want quality updated apps in the App Store instead of garbage that wastes your money and aren’t compatible with anything?
    --- Post Merged, Apr 4, 2018 ---
    More like thanks to the developers lack of keeping it up to date
  11. rafark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2017
    Not really true. There are lots of apps I paid for on my old iPod that I want to redownload from the AppStore but there are not available anymore. Apple should give us access to apps we've bought.
  12. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Google Play is literally flooded with crap apps. A bad app in the App Store would qualify as a relatively decent app on Google.
  13. oplix Suspended


    Jun 29, 2008
    New York, NY
    Good. Apple is actually trying to curb the data masturbation involved with Apps and updates. Android only seems to want to exacerbate it. Likely because that data represents some sort of important figure for Google and it's market valuation.
  14. ackmondual macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2014
    U.S.A., Earth
    It varies. I've talked with Android devs whose clients tell them they'd like their apps to be laid out more like Android apps, as opposed to using what iOS does, in terms of layout and design.

    As for quality, all you need are the right ones, no matter what app store you use.
  15. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Yeah but they got rid of a bunch of them last year
  16. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    It’s funny how companies and the media can spin anything to fit a narrative.
    In the past it was all about bragging about how many apps a platform had, and how there’s an app for everything. Now when the app number declines it’s all about how superior quality control pays off.
  17. Cankoda macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2011
    But that’s probably because they no longer support newer iOS devices and no longer follow modern App Store guidelines, which is the developers fault for abandoning the app, not Apple’s, they let you download anything that is currently supported
    --- Post Merged, Apr 4, 2018 ---
    Kinda the point of marketing. Plus when the App Store came out that was kinda th big selling point, “we’ve got a lot of apps for you” but now there’s apps for everything everywhere it’s not really a huge marketing point anymore.
  18. Gaprofitt macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2009
    That's ridiculous, choices is always good..
  19. Tubamajuba macrumors 68020

    Jun 8, 2011
    Done with MacRumors, the trolls have won
    Speaking of spinning things to fit a narrative...
  20. Superhai macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2010
    Of course commercial companies brag, but both are true, it is good for the platform to have many apps, and it is good for the platform it is able to limit apps which are crappy or not updated.
  21. kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
    There are also a ton more Android users with different uses for their devices. Makes sense the quantity would be higher on the Play Store...
  22. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    It’d be naive pretend that it’s not the case. I’m just hanging a lampshade on it. I don’t even mean to suggest that I disagree with either spin. Both perspectives are true, it’s just a matter of emphasis, and I don’t blame Apple or any other organization for casting themselves in the best possible light.
  23. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    When apps available gets into the millions it tends to carry less weight. There's a **** ton of duplication and cruft.
  24. deanthedev Suspended


    Sep 29, 2017
    Thanks for the laugh.

    Developers still favor iOS even now in 2018, despite Eric Schmidt proclaiming back in 2011 that developers go where the marketshare is. How’d that work out for you?

    iOS still generates 4X the revenue per user and 2X overall vs Google Play.

    The Windows analogy is ridiculous on so many levels and has absolutely nothing in common with iosvs Android today.
  25. developer13245 macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2012
    Innovative Apps for Apple platforms are dead. Apple killed them by screwing small developers.

    In 2008, Apple needed a large number of Apps to establish their platform so they had to "lay down with the dogs".
    Now they've taken a flea bath and have thrown the Innovation "baby out with the bath water".

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