Apple: 15,000 iPhone Apps, Half a Billion Downloads

Head over to yet today? If you haven't seen it already, a new hero image has taken it's place boom smack in the middle of the home page and it's announcement couldn't be more mind-boggling: the App Store now includes over 15,000 iPhone applications, and iPhone users have downloaded apps more that 500,000,000 times.

Considering the App Store only launched 6 months ago, we're reminded of what Steve Jobs said last quarter -- that, in all his time at Apple, they'd never seen platform growth or attachment rates this fast and this furious.

How many apps do you think you've downloaded?

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bubbatex says:

and they did a full page add on the back of the first section in the WSJ today for this too!

iAirmanshirk says:

Amazing job Apple!
And good job developers as well!

Michael says:

How many? As the marines say, TMTC!

iAirmanshirk says:

The marines say 4 letters?

Matt Sawyers says:

I've easily downloaded over 1,000 applications and some of them repeatedly...

Jozsoo says:

My iTunes App library says 124.

Brian Hart says:

Great post! Kudos to Apple. What I'd like to see now is a more manageable way to filter through those 15,000 apps to sift the wheat from the tares! How about a more robust filtering method?

Steve says:

I'm hoping many of these apps will be axed when Apple includes their own versions with the iPhone. The "To Do" apps alone make up at least 3,000 of them. :roll:

Hammer says:

My favorite is cut and paste wait, I dreamed that.

NoWires says:

Any one want to guess the free vs. paid ratio of the half billion downloads? My estimate is about 5:1, and I think I am generous.

frog says:

I've downloaded nearly 100, about 75% of them free. I wonder if we'll ever see something similar on the desktop? Sure it'll never be the "only" source on a desktop, but it'd be popular IMO. Maybe Apple could trial it for widgets in Snow Leopard.