App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads with Almost Half in 2012

  App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads with Almost Half in 2012

Record-Breaking December with Over Two Billion Downloads

Business Wire

CUPERTINO, Calif. -- January 7, 2013

Apple® today announced that customers have downloaded over 40 billion apps*,
with nearly 20 billion in 2012 alone. The App Store℠ has over 500 million
active accounts and had a record-breaking December with over two billion
downloads during the month. Apple’s incredible developer community has created
over 775,000 apps for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users worldwide, and
developers have been paid over seven billion dollars by Apple.

“It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community,” said Eddy
Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.
“Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we
continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can
create the most innovative apps in the world.”

In 2012, the husband and wife team at Imangi Studios saw their game Temple Run
downloaded more than 75 million times; Backflip Studios and Supercell, two
emerging game development studios, brought in over $100 million combined for
their leading freemium titles DragonVale and Clash of Clans; and emerging
services including Uber, Flipboard, HotelTonight, and AirBnB attracted
millions of users on iOS. Companies including Electronic Arts, Ubisoft,
Autodesk, Marvel and Major League Baseball continued to expand their iOS
offerings, while developers like JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Interactive and Bottle
Rocket Apps continued to push the boundaries of what iOS apps can do.

“The success of our game Temple Run in 2012 was nothing short of astonishing,”
said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “We were simply looking to
create a game that was fun and easy to play, but once it hit the App Store,
the game took off. This past year, we saw more than 75 million downloads of
Temple Run on iOS.”

“Our success on iOS has been incredible,” said Samir Hanna, vice president of
Consumer Products for Autodesk. “We set off with the modest goal of bringing
SketchBook to iPhone users as a way of introducing them to Autodesk. Fast
forward three years, we now offer 20 apps to iOS users that have achieved more
than 50 million downloads, and we continue to roll out new creativity and
design tools that appeal to both professionals and consumers.”

“The App Store provided us with opportunities beyond our wildest dreams,” said
Bad Robot Interactive’s JJ Abrams. “Our app Action Movie FX was designed to
bring Hollywood special effects to anyone’s self-made video, whether that be
on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, and we’re just thrilled that millions of
fans around the world were as excited as we were about the possibilities that
this app brings.”

“Bottle Rocket Apps now employs over 100 full-time employees, dedicated to
nothing but building great apps,” said Calvin Carter, president of Bottle
Rocket Apps. “In my 20 plus years in technology, I have never seen such a
vibrant marketplace for software like the App Store.”

Apple offers developers a wealth of resources and tools to help them make
great apps, plus a robust ecosystem and marketplace which provide customers a
safe and easy way to discover them. Apple also provides developers great ways
to monetize apps including in-app purchase, subscriptions and advertising, and
helps market and support developer efforts in the App Store and beyond.

The revolutionary App Store offers more than 775,000 apps to iPhone, iPad and
iPod touch users in 155 countries around the world, with more than 300,000
native iPad apps available. App Store customers can choose from an incredible
range of apps in 23 categories, including newspapers and magazines offered in
Newsstand, games, business, news, sports, health & fitness and travel.

*40 billion unique downloads excluding re-downloads and updates.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X,
iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music
revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the
mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the
future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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Ted Miller, 408-862-3928
Christine Monaghan, 408-974-8850
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