In Short

The late Steve Jobs announced the App Store at the first iPhone SDK event in the spring of 2008. It was the first on-device App Store, managed entirely by the platform owner. It launched in June of 2008 with 500 apps, but has since exploded to nearly a million. It popularized software by making it more easily obtained, managed, and removed than ever before. The iOS App Store is now available on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as via the iTunes desktop. Thanks to Apple's 30/70 split with developers, it has also paid out billions of dollars to date.

The late Steve Jobs announced the App Store at the first iPhone SDK event in the spring of 2008. It was the first on-device App Store, managed entirely by the platform owner. It launched in June of 2008 with 500 apps, but has since exploded to nearly a million. It popularized software by making it more easily obtained, managed, and removed than ever before. The iOS App Store is now available on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, as well as via the iTunes desktop. Thanks to Apple's 30/70 split with developers, it has also paid out billions of dollars to date.