NEW YORK (MainStreet) — As if Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL) needed further proof of the dominance of its mobile devices, the company announced over the weekend that it had reached a huge milestone: Users have now downloaded more than 10 billion applications worldwide.
Apple’s app store, which now boasts some 350,000 apps that are available on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, has been a major selling point for these products since the store first launched in mid-2008. But the popularity of the app store has clearly increased in recent months as more customers continue to flock to the iPhone and more applications are added by the company.
According to Apple, of the 10 billion apps that have been downloaded in the previous two and a half years, 7 billion of them were downloaded just in the previous 12 months, a clear sign that the power of the app market is only getting stronger.
It’s not hard to see why: iPhone and iPod Touch users can now download apps to do everything from making price comparisons in stores to depositing checks on the go. Meanwhile, iPad users can now take advantage of some incredible apps that let you create artwork and music, or turn your device into an e-reader that rivals products like the Kindle and Nook.
But perhaps the most astounding number is the one buried in Apple’s press release. The company notes that the 10 billion apps were downloaded onto approximately 160 million iPhones, iPod touches and iPads. If you do the math, that means the average user with one of these mobile devices downloads 63 apps, presumably in addition to the dozen or so that these products come preloaded with.
Of course, it’s possible that the vast majority of these downloads are for free applications, rather than paid apps, but still, it shows how eager the average consumer is to fill up a product with apps.