Mac App Store reaches 100m downloads


12 Dec 2011

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There have been more than 100m apps downloaded on the Mac App Store since it launched in January, according to Apple.

The Mac App Store, which lets users download apps to use on their Macs, now has “thousands” of free and paid apps available on its store. It offers apps under subjects such as education, gaming, lifestyle and productivity for Macs running OS X Snow Leopard or OS X Lion.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, believes this makes the Mac App Store the “largest and fastest-growing PC software store in the world.

“In just three years, the App Store changed how people get mobile apps, and now the Mac App Store is changing the traditional PC software industry,” he said.

The Mac App Store also became the most trending technology subject on Twitter in 2011. Its youngest developer is Harry Moran, a 12-year-old from Co Cork whose app became the top paid app on the store one day this year.

Across Apple’s app stores, there are more than 500,000 apps and customers have downloaded apps from the store more than 18bn times. Customers download more than 1bn apps per month.