Infographic: Little-Known Facts & Figures about the Rise of Apple's App Store

The following infographic was published in the  Spring 2016 issue of iPhone Life magazine. Learn how to get the most from your iPhone by clicking here to subscribe.

Remember Snake, the incredibly simplistic yet addictive mobile game most of us played in the early days of cellphones? Thankfully, apps—the bite sized pieces of software designed for specific tasks—have come a long way since then. It's been almost eight years since Steve Jobs announced the App Store, and now we have more than 1.5 millions apps to choose from. The App Store is undoubtedly one of Apple's most important inventions. Apps have revolutionized the way we do so many things—look no further than Uber, Tinder, and Spotify for proof. And while Steve Jobs didn’t invent mobile apps, he did successfully popularize them. With the App Store, Apple created a vibrant marketplace for creating and selling apps, and as developers strove to compete, they stretched the capabilities of our iPhones by pushing the devices’ functional limits.  Apps are what make the iOS experience so interesting, and that's why we've put together the infographic below to help you learn some little known facts and figures about the rise of Apple's App Store.

Apple App Store




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Author Details

Donna Schill

Donna Schill is the Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine and is a journalist specializing in producing multimedia content. Aside from managing the editorial team at iPhone Life, Donna co-hosts the iPhone Life Podcast, teaches online iPhone educational courses, and enjoys reporting on live Apple events. Donna began her career as a newspaper reporter before joining the iPhone Life team, where she pairs her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. 

Donna holds a master's degree from the University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication and earned her undergraduate degree in Media & Communications from Maharishi International University. Her writing has appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Little Village Magazine, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, the Fairfield Ledger, and the Iowa Source, and she was a researcher for American journalist Claire Hoffman's memoir, Greetings from Utopia Park. She is also the host and executive producer of a feminist podcast, Thread the Needle (