WWDC 2012: Apple App store reaches 30bn downloads

Apple's App Store has reached a new milestone: 30bn apps have been downloaded so far!

Apple’s App Store now has over 650k apps, with the firm’s CEO Tim Cook making the announcement at the annual World Wide Developer’s conference

We always knew the App Store was filled to the brim with apps, but we never expected this: Apple’s App Store now has over 650k listed apps, with 225k of them being made specially for the iPad, while 4m people have signed up for accounts, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Speaking at his firm’s World Wide Developer’s conference today, he said: "The size and momentum are just phenomenal. We now have over 400 million accounts on the App Store."

"This is the store with the largest number of accounts with credit cards anywhere on the internet that we're aware of."

"This compares to just a few hundred for our competition.”

Cook also announced another new milestone in the App Store’s history – a whopping 30bn apps have been downloaded since the virtual store launched.

"I'm very pleased to announce a new milestone for the app store. Customers have now downloaded an astounding 30 billion apps!"

And that's not all! With the economy feeling a bit worse for wear recently, Apple can sit back and relax with the knowledge that over $5bn has been paid out to app developers, thanks to the huge popularity.

"It's becoming an economy in and of itself," Cook added.