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Number of active apps from the Apple App Store 2008-2020

In 2020, the App Store offered 957,390 gaming apps. In contrast, as of that period of time the store had 3.42 million non-gaming apps available. As of June 2017, 180 billion apps had been downloaded from Apple App Store.

Apple App Store

The Apple App Store opened on July 10, 2008 via an update to iTunes. This coincided with Apple’s launch of the second-generation iPhone 3G which supported mobile apps. Applications in the App Store are only available for iOS devices - the tech industry frequently refers to Apple's ecosystem of devices and operating systems as a "walled garden".

As of 2020, the most popular Apple App Store category was gaming with over 22 percent of apps being games. The second most popular app category was business, followed by education, and lifestyle apps. Mobile gaming apps usually generate the majority of their revenue through advertising and in-app purchases with only little more than a third of games being paid downloads. Popular gaming apps in the App Store include Clash Royale, Candy Crush Saga, casino games and Clash of Clans, the currently top grossing iOS game.

Number of available apps in the Apple App Store from 2008 to 2020

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period

July 2008 to July 2020

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