Apple names the downloader of its 25 billionth app

5 Mar 2012

Chunli Fu of Qingdao in China has been named as the person who downloaded the 25 billionth app from the Apple App Store. Fu will receive a US$10,000 iTunes gift card.

Over the weekend Apple confirmed it had reached the 25 billionth app download and today revealed that Fu was the person who downloaded the app.

There are more than 315m iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices worldwide, the company said today. There are more than 550,000 apps in the Apple App Store for these devices. These include 170,000 native iPad apps.

The App Store has paid out more than US$4bn to developers, Apple said today.

“We’d like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve this historic milestone of 25bn apps downloaded,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice-president of Internet Software and Services.

“When we launched the App Store less than four years ago, we never imagined that mobile apps would become the phenomenon they have, or that developers would create such an incredible selection of apps for iOS users,” Cue said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years