Apple has just put out a press release to proudly announce that its successful App Store, which originally debuted in 2008, raked in $10 billion (€7.33 billion) in 2013 alone.The company confirmed today that Apple ID holders spent over $10 billion (€7.33 billion) in the App Store in 2013. December alone accounted for over $1 billion (€733,353,000) thanks to a whopping three billion downloads, “making it the most successful month in App Store history.”
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said, “We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store.”
“The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014,” added Cue.
Apple praises certain developers for their work on applications designed specifically to take advantage of iOS 7, saying, that “Evernote, Yahoo!, AirBnB, OpenTable, Tumblr, Pinterest and American Airlines re-imagined the user experience, bringing content to the forefront while increasing the overall efficiency and performance of their apps.”
The press release goes to mention successful developers from 2013, including Ellen DeGeneres (Heads Up), ProtoGeo (Moves), Simon Filip (Afterlight), and Kevin Ng (Impossible Road).
Apple names some of the top grossing titles in the App Store, including Candy Crush Saga, Puzzles & Dragons, Minecraft, QuizUp, and Clumsy Ninja.
The company is now keeping a close eye on several developers that have shown great potential, such as Duolingo (United States), Simogo (Sweden), Frogmind (UK), Plain Vanilla Corp (Iceland), Atypical Games (Romania), Lemonista (China), BASE (Japan), and Savage Interactive (Australia).
Apple also revealed that developers have now earned $15 billion (€11 billion) from App Store sales. The App Store currently hosts over 1 million apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, half of which are iPad-native.