WWDC 2013: 50 billion iOS apps downloaded, $10 billion paid to developers

Apple as always started out its WWDC 2013 keynote with some interesting numbers about the company and about the App Store. The big number this year was way up in the billions: iOS users have downloaded 50 billion apps from the App Store. Additionally, there are over 900,000 apps in the App Store, and 375,000 of them are optimized for the iPad.

How are those developers doing? Pretty well in general terms. Apple has paid out a total of $10 billion to developers since the App Store opened. $5 billion was paid out just in the last year alone. According to Apple, that’s three times more than all other platforms combined. When looking at app download share by revenue, iOS takes 74 percent, Android takes 20 percent, and the collective category of “other” takes 6 percent.

Some other notable stats: there are 575 million registered iTunes accounts most of which have credit card information added. That’s up from the 400 million announced at WWDC 2012. Plus, last year, there were 650,000 apps in the App Store compared to over 900,000 today.

These are pretty good numbers so far. Apple does usually save the biggest ones for big keynotes. WWDC 2013 is only just beginning so stay tuned!

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