Apple has confirmed that its App Store has achieved 1 billion downloads, nine months after launch. The 1 billionth app, Bump, created by Bump Technologies, was downloaded by Connor Mulcahey, age 13, of Weston, CT on Friday. As the grand prize winner of Apples one billion app countdown contest, Connor will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule and a MacBook Pro.
The App Store currently has more than 35,000 applications available to consumers in 77 countries. This summer, the iPhone OS 3.0 software update will provide developers with over 1,000 new developer APIs, enabling in-app purchases, peer-to-peer connections, app control of accessories, and push notifications. The iPhone OS 3.0 release will also add over 100 customer features, including cut, copy and paste; Spotlight search; landscape keyboard and view for all key iPhone apps; MMS support for the iPhone 3G, where available; and expanded parental controls for apps, TV shows, and movies from the App Store.
The revolutionary App Store has been a phenomenal hit with iPhone and iPod touch users around the world, and wed like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve the astonishing milestone of one billion apps downloaded, says Apples Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, Philip Schiller. In nine months, the App Store has completely revolutionised the mobile industry and this is only the beginning.