Apple's got a lot of apps with its iOS devices, and with the vast number of owners of iOS devices, you've got a lot of people downloading those apps.
Over the weekend, Apple announced that more than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from its iTunes App Store by the more than 160 million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users worldwide. The 10 billionth app downloaded, Paper Glider, was purchased by Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 10 Billion Apps, Gail Davis will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card.
Gail Davis actually didn't believe that she had won anything from Apple. In fact, on Apple's first attempt to call Davis on the phone to tell her about the $10,000 prize, she hung up.
“I thought it was a prank call,” said Davis to CultofMac. “I said, ‘Thank you very much, I’m not interested’ and I hung up.”
It was Davis' two daughters, 14 and 17, who had downloaded the winning app at around 9:30 a.m. GMT.
“The girls came down and said it wasn’t a prank,” Davis explains. “I had a moment of panic.
“The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was a genuine call… The girls were getting quite tense. They never would have forgiven me. They would have held it against me for all eternity.”
Thankfully, an Apple executive called back a couple hours later. Now the whole family is thinking of upgrading their iPods to help spend it all.