The Apple App Store is an app store for apps and games that are designed for the iOS mobile operating system from Apple. The service allows users to browse and download applications developed with the iOS SDK. The applications can be installed directly on an iOS device or a computer with iTunes.
Applications in the App Store are generally focused on iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod and iPad, and use special specifications of the devices. Applications are available for free or for a fixed amount. Apple keeps 30 percent of the profits for its account, the rest goes to the developer.
History of the App Store
On July 10, 2008, the App Store became available through an update of iTunes. On July 11, 2008, the iPhone 3G with iOS 2.0.1 became available which had support for the App Store. This update was also available for the iPhone and iPod touch via iTunes. Since February 10, 2012, the App Store has more than 1.1 million applications. =
Since February 2011, developers can offer subscriptions to users. Users pay a fixed amount per week / month / year, and receive new content.
At the Worldwide Developers Conference in 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the App Store has more than 400 million registered users with credit cards. Also, there are 650 thousand applications available.
On January 7, 2013 it was announced that a total of 40 billion times applications has been downloaded via the App Store. Half of these downloads came from 2012.