With the ever-increasing popularity of Android these days, one might find it hard to believe that the big bucks are still being spent on Apple’s App store. According to a press release from Apple, in the year 2013, customers downloaded apps worth $10 billion in 2013, with around $1 billion in the last month of the year. Almost In the entire history of Apple App store, December 2013 is believed to be the most successful month.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services said – “We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store! The line-up of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”
According to the press release, developers could create wonderful apps this year because of the introduction of iOS 7. Around 200 latest features and various APIs were provided by this operating system and the new user interface encouraged developers to re-design some of the best apps. The performance and efficiency of the apps was also increased and content was brought to the forefront, which was liked by many users. Many apps such as Evernote, AirBnB, Tumblr, American Airlines, Pinterest, Open Table, Yahoo! Etc. have been re-designed.
As far as games are considered, various apps that were popular this year were – Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft, Puzzles and Dragons, Quizup, Clumsy Ninja etc. Developers from all over the world have created these apps. Developers that also found great recognition and are expected to carry their good work to 2014 are Duolingo, Frogmind, Simogo, Plain Vanilla Corp, Atypical Games, BASE, Lemonista, Savage Interactive and others.
The Apple App store is believed to serve millions of users in 155 countries, on various devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and others. There are around one million apps in the App Store and they are categorised into 24 categories, with their names being – Newsstand, Business, Games, Sports, News, Travel, Health and Fitness, Kids and so on.
The era of smartphones has been completely re-defined by Apple and its revolutionary iPhone. And the future of smartphones is being continuously shaped in the hands of Apple, Google and Samsung.