Apple took time to update investors on the status of its ecosystem on today’s call, revealing that it has crossed the 45 billion total app download mark, just over four months after it crossed the 40 billion download mark back in January. Apps are being downloaded at a rate of 800 per second, from a total pool of 850,000 iOS apps in total, with 350,000 apps designed for iPad alone.
That 350,000 is the same as the number of total iOS apps reported by Apple as of January 2011, just a year after the launch of the iPad. At the time, Apple had only 60,000 iPad apps, which means iPad-specific titles have seen a 483 percent increase in the intervening years.
Apple also revealed that it has App Stores in 155 countries, covering 90 percent of the total iOS user population, and that it has so far paid out more than $ 9 billion to developers. That’s a $ 1 billion increase from the total it reported it had paid out to developers as of mid-February.
Apple now pays out $ 1 billion per quarter to devs, Oppenheimer said at the close of the call, and $ 4.5 billion or half of the grand total has been paid out during the past four quarters alone.