Apple: Yes, 40 Billion

dr-evilApple (NASDAQ:AAPL) reported Monday that their App Store officially hit 40 billion downloads, nearly half of which were in 2012 alone and over 2 billion of which were in the record-breaking month of December.

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For the sake of comparison, in January 2011, the App Store had 550,000 apps and paid $4 billion to developers. Now they have 775,000 apps and have paid developers over $7 billion. The announcement, which was, interestingly, just in time for this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, also notes that more than 300,000 apps were especially developed for the iPad, and users downloaded the popular game Temple Run an impressive 75 million times.

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Usually these sorts of announcements are tied to a product release or earnings statement, but the statement appears to be standalone for now.

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