WWDC: 30 Billion Apps Downloaded from App Store Till Now

It seems like just a few days ago that some lucky person somewhere around the world was awarded with a $10,000 iTunes gift card for being the person to download the 25 billionth app from the App Store. But in reality, it was back in March – three months ago. In that time span, the App Store has crossed yet another major milestone. Although it’s not worthy of awarding someone with a gift card yet again, it certainly is very notable.

Today at the WWDC 2012 keynote, Tim Cook had some interesting news to announce other than all of the other rumored announcements (iOS 6, new MacBook, iCloud changes, etc.). Ready? Here we go. The number of apps downloaded from the App Store has since reached a number beyond 30 billion. Quite an accomplishment from Apple whereas iOS’ competition is still hanging out at some 15 billion downloads – though the latter is still impressive, without a doubt.

Tim Cook also mentioned that the App Store now houses over 650,000 application – at least 250,000 of these have been tailored and optimized solely for the iPad – a larger number than have been optimized for the “competition”. All of these apps have collectively earned developers over $5 billion to their respective developers (with Apple’s cut already factored in).

The Apple CEO had to say the following:

“Nothing makes us happier than seeing thousands of developers around the world using our hardware and our software to create and share their latest and greatest ideas.”