“Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Apple App Store. And perhaps one of the most amazing things about this milestone is that it never would have happened if things had played out the way Steve Jobs wanted,” Chris O’Brien reports for The Los Angeles Times. “Just imagine if there were no iPhone apps and no App Store. Aside from creating billions of dollars in value for developers, Apps have been a cornerstone to the success of the iPhone and iPad.”

“The fact that the App Store does exist is a testament to a characteristic of Jobs and Apple for which neither tends to get much credit. They listen to users,” O’Brien reports. “To understand why, you have to jump back to a piece of history that is often forgotten.”

O’Brien reports, “As the fifth anniversary hits, there are now more than 900,000 apps in the store that have been downloaded 50 billion times. All made possible by a company willing to admit it was wrong, and in the process make one of the most important pivots in recent tech history.”

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