Looking at the "All-Time Top iPhone Apps" charts Apple updated earlier today, I noticed two interesting numbers worth to be shared: Apple is listing the actual number of free and paid iPhone apps available in the App Store. There are 306,554 iPhone apps available, and 201,635 of them are paid apps. These numbers are noteworthy as Apple rarely provides official stats of the iPhone App Store: they announced the 300,000 apps milestone on November 22 with the release of iOS 4.2 but there never was an easy way to instantly check on the exact number of apps available in the Store.
If Apple plans to keep these charts up to date with the release flow of apps in the App Store, we will have a simple way to check the total amount of iPhone apps available.
In the meantime, almost 60,000 native iPad apps are available in the iPad App Store -- 59,444 to be exact. The release cycle of apps for the tablet went like this:
- April 3rd: iPad released
- June 2010: 10,000 apps available
- August 2010: 20,000 apps available
- November 2010: 40,000 apps available
- January 2011: 60,000 apps available
If this trend continues, by late June 2011 we should have 100,000 apps available in the iPad App Store. The iPhone App Store took 15 months to get to 100,000 apps, but the iPhone had been around since 2007; the App Store opened in Summer 2008, while the iPad came out as a totally new device with an App Store since day one. For the sake of comparison, Apple hit the 200,000 iPhone apps milestone in May 2010, a month after the iPad's release. Back then, 5,000 native iPad apps were available.