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Apple App Store hits 25bn downloads

Another day, another Apple record broken. Today the 25-billionth app was downloaded from the Apple app store.

The 25 billionth app downloaded, Where’s My Water? Free, was downloaded by Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China.

The company reckons that apps are downloaded by some 315-million, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices worldwide.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services thanked all of Apple’s customers for downloading so prolifically before commenting on how rapidly the store had grown:
“When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users.”

The Cupertino-based tech giant claims the App Store offers over 550 000 apps to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users in 123 countries around the world, with more than 170,000 native iPad apps available.

It also claims to have paid out more than US$4-billion to app developers.

As the winner of the App Store Countdown to 25 Billion Apps, Fu will receive a US$10 000 iTunes Gift Card.

Apple has had a stellar financial year so far. It recently joined an exclusive club as its valuation went past the US$500-billion mark and individual stocks in the company now cost over US$500 — more than the cost of a number of the devices downloading all those apps.

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