Number of active apps from the Apple App Store 2008-2019

In 2019, the App Store offered 903,489 gaming apps. In contrast, as of that period of time the store had 3.06 million non-gaming apps available. As of June 2017, 180 billion apps had been downloaded from Apple App Store.

iTunes 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. Apps from the store can be downloaded directly to an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad, or onto a personal computer via iTunes. Applications in the App Store are usually aimed at iOS devices and may make use of the specific attributes of those devices, such as motion sensors for game controls and cameras for online video calling. Mobile applications downloaded via the desktop version of iTunes are usually synchronized to iOS devices upon connection.

As of May 2019, the most popular Apple App Store category was gaming with almost 25 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 2019

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

July 2008 to July 2019

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