Just how big is Apple’s lead in the mobile app space? Consider this: Apple CEO Tim Cook just announced at the company’s big World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco that it has recorded more than 30 billion app downloads in the history of the marketplace, paying out some $5 billion to developers. “It is becoming an economy in and of itself,” Cook said, according to a report on TechCrunch.

Cook also said that there are now more than 400 million accounts on the App Store, which now boasts some 650,000 apps (including 225,000 built specifically for the iPad).

To put that in perspective, in March Microsoft announced that its Windows Phone marketplace had surpassed the 70,000 app milestone.

You can check out some of the action coming out of San Francisco on The Verge and TechCrunch, both of which are operating live blogs from the show.

Other announcements coming out of the show include a a new .71-inch thick MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It is selling for $2,199, with Apple design chief Jonathan Ive saying that “it’s the best computer we’ve ever built.”

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Apple on continuing to succeed in its core business! My friend Victor told me to be on the lookout for an Apple-branded television. Has that been unveiled yet?

    • Guest

      I said “stay tuned”. I didn’t say it will be announced at WWDC. Critical reading is an important skill, Susan.

      • Guest

        I’m tuned! When does it come out? I’m literally holding money out right now with the intention of using it to buy one.

  • Tyler

    30 billion downloads huh?  Wonder how many of those are original (1st time) downloads vs. people who had to wipe/reinstall the OS and all the Apps again.  The true metric they should be boasting about is number of unique downloads.

  • Jill Hammond

    650k apps and maybe 1/2 dozen that are used with any frequency. All these apps is a testament to all the extra development bandwidth in the IT market. What could the world achieve if all these dev cycle were put to use making humans more productive, creative, and just better off than before. This massive app silliness will inevitably decline to apps owned and sold by Apple alone.

    • Guest

      The same could be said for the total hours people devote to social apps of various flavors, which collectively produce little real value for society. But its is what it is, and Apple owns it. 

  • Guest

    Staggering numbers. Apple is in a class by itself now.

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