Though it sometimes seems as though it has been around forever, Apple only announced the launch of the App Store four short years ago. It's even harder to believe the first iPhone launched without any App Store at all. Since then, the App Store has come a long way. It now provides apps for the iPod touch, the iPad, and the iPhone.
This past weekend, Apple announced that users had downloaded a whopping 25 billion applications from the App Store. To celebrate, they awarded the downloader of the 25 billionth app with a $10,000 iTunes gift card. The lucky user was Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China. Chunli downloaded Where's My Water? Free and was named the winner of the App Store Countdown to 25 Billion Apps.
"We'd like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25 billion apps downloaded," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users."
Apple's App Store now offers more than 550,000 apps to users in 123 countries around the world and more than 170,000 of these are native iPad apps. In total, Apple has paid out more than four billion dollars to app developers.