iPad App Selection Passes the 100,000 Mark

The App Store hits another major milestone as there are now over 100,000 fully iPad-optimized apps available for your tapping, swiping, and multi-touching pleasure. It took just around a year and three months, which is an extremely impressive timeframe for any platform to grow so substantially. Yes ladies and gentlemen, there is an iPad app for whatever you would like.

During Apple’s iOS 4 press event five days after iPad’s April 3 launch in 2010, Steve Jobs had said that the App Store featured 3,500 apps designed for the iPad. Then a month afterwards, that number shot up to almost 6,000. The rest is history, as growth happened at an aggrandizing rate and will continue to do so, seeing how there is no end in sight.

As of the beginning of this month, there are over 425,000 apps total in the App Store. Of course, that means that about 25% of apps are optimized for iPad or universal for all iOS devices. (Though over 99% of apps can run on Apple’s tablet as intended for iPhone if necessary.) Due to the popularity of all iOS devices across the board, developers have been striving to make apps accessible to as many customers as possible with multiple versions.

In comparison to other app markets, the iOS App Store truly puts them all to shame, for lack of a better way to say it. Running through statistics for apps on other devices is nothing short of embarrassing for companies involved. So, let’s continue. The webOS store on the HP Touchpad has 300 apps. As for other stores such as what is on Blackberry PlayBook and Android Market, well, neither RIM or Google are bragging about the tablet app selection so statistics are difficult to dig up.

Let’s make a bet: how much longer until the App Store hits 200,000 iPad apps? I would have to place all of my chips on “sometime later this year.” Try betting that any other app marketplace will have the same 100,000 tablet app growth within six months and see where that gets you.