“Apple’s App Store celebrated its fifth birthday this week with some impressive milestones: 50bn app downloads and more than £6.6bn paid out to app developers so far,” Stuart Dredge writes for The Guardian. “Apple has built a thriving economy for smartphone and tablet apps since its store launched in 2008.”
“Industry analyst ABI Research estimates that the mobile apps market will be worth £17.8bn globally this year, with iOS generating more than two thirds of those revenues,” Dredge writes. “‘Apple are very even-handed in the way they treat people, in terms of not favouring the biggest companies over smaller ones,’ says Matthew Wiggins, who sold his first mobile games startup to publisher Zynga in 2011, and is now launching another, JiggeryPokery. ‘As a small startup without millions of quid in investment or an established presence, that gives you an extremely level playing field in which to operate.'”
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5 years on, Apple’s App Store has forever changed the face of software; a defining moment in personal computing history – July 12, 2013