Apple has passed yet another milestone in App Store downloads since its launch in 2008 with the iPhone 3G. The Cupertino, California company announced that the App Store has surpassed 40 billion downloads, with 20 billion of those downloads in the year of 2012 alone. In December 2012, Apple surpassed a new record of 2 billion downloads in a month, adding to the total.
Apple also mentioned that they now have over 500 million user accounts on the App Store and as the number of accounts increase, more apps are being downloaded. Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue commented on the company’s new achievement:
It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community. 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 its press release, Apple also noted some of the developers and over 775,000 apps that contributed to the success of the App Store and its increase in downloads. The company quoted the developers behind the hit game Temple Run.
In 2012, the husband and wife team at Imangi Studios saw their game Temple Run downloaded more than 75 million times
Other apps and companies highlighted by Apple in the press report included Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Autodesk, Marvel and Major League Baseball, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Interactive, Bottle Rocket Apps, and Backflip Studios. Apple’s App Store has experienced massive growth over the past several years, with the company holding a “1 Billion App Countdown” contest in 2009 and later announcing the winner, a 13 year old who downloaded the free app, Bump.