Apple approves its one millionth app

November 20, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 — According to tracker Appsfire, one million apps have come to Apple’s App Store since its launch in 2008.

Announcing the news yesterday via the tweet “Breaking: today will mark the day the App store has seen one million apps ever created since launch (iOS),” Appsfire, an application discovery company, later clarified that the number represented all apps ever approved for the iPhone and iPad and not all apps currently available, which, according to Apple, stood at 700,000 as of October.

The 300,000 apps that are ‘missing’ have been forcibly removed or have been replaced by newer versions over the last four years.

Apple’s closest competitor, Google, announced on November 1 that its Google Play Store had passed the 700,000-app mark, however, it turns out that six of them were actually fake Apple apps, pretending to be GarageBand, iPhoto, iMove, Keynote, Numbers and Pages. They were discovered on November 18 and promptly removed from the store, but not before a number of Android users had paid between US$4.95 (RM15) and US$9.97 to buy them. — AFP/Relaxnews