Apple device owners spent more than 10 billion US dollars (£6bn) in the App Store last year as hit games like Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga helped set a new record.
December was the most successful month in the store’s history, as iPad and iPhone owners spent more than 1 billion US dollars (£600m) and downloaded almost three billion apps.
Apple said there are now more than a million apps available in the App Store, which was launched a year after the iPhone in 2008 with 500 apps.
The latest figures highlight the continued rapid growth in the app market – last year Apple revealed that December 2012 had seen two billion downloads in what was then a record month.
The company said iOS developers have earned 15 billion US dollars from the App Store since launch – double the total reported in last year’s report – suggesting that more than 20 billion dollars has been spent allowing for Apple’s share of revenues.
Apple highlighted Candy Crush Saga, Minecraft, Puzzles & Dragons and Clumsy Ninja among 2013’s biggest store successes – and also picked out developers including Duolingo and Frogmind as ones to watch in 2014.
“We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,” said Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue in a statement. “The line-up of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”
Source : Yahoo