Apple's Chinese Presence Leads to 25 Billion Apps

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - As Apple's ( AAPL) presence continues to expand into China, it's not a shock that the person who downloaded Apple's twenty-five billionth app was a Chinese citizen.

Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China was the lucky recipient. Fu downloaded the Where's My Water? Free app to help Apple surpass 25 billion downloads. Apple has experienced a massive surge in app downloads, having gone from 10 billion downloads on Jan. 22, 2011 to surpassing 25 billion today, thanks in part to the popularity of its iOS devices.

Apple has been increasing its presence in China, which only accounts for a small portion of its revenue. Apple launched the iPhone 4S in China in January, and has five stores in mainland China currently. CEO Tim Cook referred to China as an "extremely important market for us" during the company's most recent earnings conference call.

Apple has more than 550,000 apps in the App Store for both the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. More than 315 million iOS devices have been sold worldwide. That number is expected to increase, when Apple is reportedly going to launch the iPad 3 on Wednesday.

The App Store opened in July 2008, when Apple launched the iPhone 3G.

For his efforts, Fu will receive a $10,000 iTunes® Gift Card.

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services thanked Apple's customers and developers for helping reach this goal. "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 in a press release.

Apple shares are lower in afternoon trades, off 1.85% to $535.08.

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