Apple has announced that its app store has surpassed 40 billion downloads, with 20 billion from that figure generated during 2012.
The 40 billion unique application downloads in its App Store since the marketplace launched in 2008 excludes re-downloads and updates. The App Store itself now boasts over half a billion active accounts, with 2 billion apps being downloaded in December alone, representing its best month in the marketplace's history.
Currently, the App Store features over 775,000 available applications, while the iPad sports over 300,000 apps designed specifically for the tablet. According to Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, over $7 billion has been paid to iOS developers.
Back in the June of 2012, Apple said iOS' App Store reached the 30 billion downloads milestone and 400 million active accounts. In October, a further 5 billion apps had been downloaded.
1.76 billion iOS and Android apps were downloaded during the last week of 2012. Data research firm Flurry expects more than 1 billion apps to downloaded on a weekly basis until some point during the fourth quarter, which is when it's expected that both platform's app downloads will collectively exceed 2 billion each week.