It's Official: Apple Announces Over 100,000 iPhone Apps!

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Apple has just announced that there are now, officially, over 100,000 iPhone and iPod touch apps in the iTunes App Store:

“The App Store, now with over 100,000 applications available, is clearly a major differentiator for millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The iPhone SDK created the first great platform for mobile applications and our customers are loving all of the amazing apps our developers are creating.”

Effusive developer quotes abound as well:

“The App Store has forever changed the mobile gaming industry and continues to improve,” said Travis Boatman, vice president of Worldwide Studios, EA Mobile. “With a global reach of over 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users, the App Store has allowed us to develop high quality EA games that have been a huge success with customers.”

“With 10,000 downloads a day, worldwide customer response to our I Am T-Pain App has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Jeff Smith, CEO of Smule. “The App Store has given us a unique opportunity to create and grow a very successful business, and we’re looking forward to an exciting future.”

Serving 77 countries, with well over 2 billion downloads, jokes, whines, complaints, and rejections aside for the moment, that's a massive milestone for Apple. Congrats.

Rene Ritchie

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It's Official: Apple Announces Over 100,000 iPhone Apps!

34 Comments

With all the crapps, at least we have a decent collection of superb apps. Word of mouth advertising for these good apps seems to work best from what I say at work/friends.

Congrats...it's very good there is that many apps.
But I'm sure it's a given, the next thing they need to work on is a proper way to filter thru all those apps.

There's a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Anyway, this is really an accomplishment of the developers, not Apple. If anything, Apple has been an obstacle for the developers to achieve this many apps.

Here's a theory that will probably get shot down immediately:
apple has a strict app approval process thus limiting the number apps available in the store. Could it be that they've been holding apps off to reach the 100k milestone at a key point in time like the holiday buying season and to compete with the droid via a new marketing campaign? "ido have over 100k apps". Hmm
Here's the verizon counter "Idont reach my full potential until I'm hacked"

You guys are morons. Yes, this IS an accomplishment for Apple moreso than developers. Palm OS has had the capability to install third-party apps since 1996. It wasn't until Apple provided a centralized App Store on every device that this really took off. Apple got mobile apps in the eyes of the mainstream public.
Also, all of you morons talking about quantity vs. quality, realize that there is a huge separation between applications that are available for the iPhone, versus what is available on other platforms. The iPhone has the highest quality applications of any mobile platform right now. There are hardly any programs that are available on other smartphones that aren't on the iPhone. The only one that comes to mind is Google Voice, and that's even available through a webapp or jailbreak.
Shut up, kids.

I don't agree, Apple may hold back apps for a reason that isn't acceptable to the public and me. But to say Apple has been a obstacle isn't totally true, they have made a great set of tools for the developers.

I don't have an iPhone. I have a GeoHot phone which was manufactured by Foxconn. My Cydia app store beats that silly app store hands down.

What about the fact that all these apps are developed for one platform, its a waste of time for developers and limits the consumers experience of the good apps. I really think that once 4g and other faster connectivity technologies are in play the web based app and cloud will replace the app stores.
I mean, look at how many good apps are out there:http://m.seego.com/search/useful+app
I for one, would rather have less apps and more room on my phone for photos, videos and music.

Does this really make a difference? I mean really, how many of these are duplicates and do the same thing? It just goes to show that the App Store is all about quantity and NOT quality. I have spent quite a bit of money on crap apps. Thank god for jailbreaks and making that a thing of the past. Now all the crap apps you can eat for free!

How can people say it quantity over quality, then everyone would complain because Apple isn't letting the Apps through. So in other words it's a lose, lose situation

@ALL TROLLS if you don't like the iPhone beat it. If you don't like apple beat it. If you don't like the app store beat it. Find a bridge and jump.

Aaaacthuuu - excuse me. just allergic to BS More than 25% of the cr apps are completly useless. Apparently there is no sort of "quality checking" from Apples behalf! which is kinda shame ...
But I have to agree with the first few comments. Mouth to mouth seems to work best for me as well :)
But a good product though ..

@Joe
ROFL so true. Jailbreaking turns a "phone a preschooler can use" into a device worthy of all the power built into it.
I was afraid to jailbreak until I jumped in with both feet and I'll never look back

Personally I think 95% of the apps in the App Store su*k. I love my iPhone but the Apps are horrible. Most of my Apps come from the jailbreak community since they are 100% better!

@MacBoy15
Most of these folks are Apple lovers...they just see legitimate problems with their device. How does that make them trolls?
Every device on the face of this Earth with a electrical charge has flaws. Get used to it. Nothing...and that means NOTHING is perfect by any means necessary.

I have an iPhone and I absolutely love it. My problem with this story is that they are touting that they have >100,000 apps in the app store. Now, go do a search for Fart in the app store and tell me it is not about quantity. Can you honestly tell me that one would require more than a single app to make your phone replicate the sound of flatulence?

@icebike The biggest on trolls. Get in your car find a 100ft cliff and punch the gas. I've been in computers for over 20 years. I started this shit when you were in search of mommy's nip.

Apple has done for the mobile world what Microsoft did for the (desktop) PC in the eighties. Not only the quantity of apps but also the level of democratisation given the low average price is the true revolution, 25 years later a new "de facto" standard is born but many fail to recognize it yet because they weren't there at the time.

No duh 95% are crap apps but if Apple didn't let them in, every iPhone site would be crying over not letting the apps in. And bashing them.

Finding a killer app has become like finding a needle in a coal mine (yes I said that).
App store search needs to be totally revamped, I only want to refine searches according to price, rating, price to rating ratio etc.
Is that really too much to expect? Then it would be like searching for a needle in a haystack, you could burn the haystack, rake and rinse the remains a few times and that needle will appear eventually (I haven't tried that so feel free to call me out)
@Macboy15
You're the troll, encouraging others to commit suicide is very juvenile.
'Macboy15
12:15
@ALL TROLLS if you don’t like the iPhone beat it. If you don’t like apple beat it. If you don’t like the app store beat it. Find a bridge and jump.'

I'm with you Kaiks. I'm disappointed in how my apple brethren are getting so insecure. Damn man, we're supposed to the cool accepting ones...
The App store is too cluttered. Despite all of Apple's strict (god damn draconian) guidelines on apps its loaded with junk. I've only had maybe 10 apps that are actually worth what I paid for them. I'm sure there are more, but I think the flood of crap has overcome the quality control.