Entries in App Store (5)


Apple's App Gap May Disappear

Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Apple faces challenges on two fronts in the near future -- from Google and in the courts.

The tech company’s big competitive advantage may soon disappear. Within months, Apple may no longer be the world’s most popular platform for smartphone apps.

The Financial Times reports Apple “has used its superior apps presence to retain a competitive edge over smartphone rivals.” But with recent gains in popularity for Samsung and Google-owned Motorola phones more developers are creating new apps for Android devices.

About 50 billion apps have been downloaded for Apple’s mobile devices. Last month, Google reported an all-time total of 48 billion downloads for Android phones and tablets.

Additionally, the government and Apple are set to square off over accusations of e-book price fixing. The Justice Department sued Apple last year, claiming it conspired with five major book publishers to raise prices for electronic books shortly before the introduction of the iPad in 2010.

The government says comments from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs help prove their case. Apple lawyers argue the allegations are based on “faulty assumptions and unfounded conclusions.”

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Apple Offering $10K Prize for 50 Billionth App Download

Image Credit: Apple(NEW YORK) -- Apple is celebrating its approach of the 50 billion App Store download milestone with a big contest.

Be the lucky user to download the 50 billionth app and Apple will send you an App Store gift card worth $10,000. The very next 50 app downloaders after number 50 billion will each get a $500 App Store gift card.

Before you Apple users go app download crazy, know that the contest will only register 25 entries per account per day. To be eligible, users must also be at least 13 years old.

Now the big question is: how would you spend a $10,000 App Store gift card?

There’s obviously plenty of music, movie, and book content to sift through, but if you need app suggestions, Business Insider put together a list of some of the most expensive apps available for iPhone and iPad.

Among the pricey apps are BarMax CA, priced at $999 and created by a group of Harvard alumni as a study app for law students preparing for the California bar exam and DDS GP Yes!, a graphic presentation app for dentists to educate their patients on dental procedures, for $499.

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Apple App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple announced on Monday that iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users have downloaded over 40 billion apps, with almost 20 billion in 2012 alone.  In March, Apple reported that it had seen 25 billion downloads.

With over 500 million active accounts, Apple’s App Store saw a record-breaking December with over two billion downloads during the month.  Apple isn’t announcing how many devices it sold that month, but with lots of people opening brand new iPhone 5s, iPad Minis and regular iPads during the holiday season, sales likely spurred downloads.

The App Store saw continued success within its app development community as 775,000 new apps were created and featured in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users.  As a result, app developers pulled in over $7 million by Apple.

“It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community,” Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, said in a statement.  “We continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”

According to Flurry, the holiday season saw huge growth in app downloads across all platforms.  From Dec. 25 through Dec. 31, 1.76 billion iOS and Android apps were download.  Just on Christmas Day, 328 million applications were downloaded on both platforms.

Breakdown Apple’s App Store and users will see no shortage of areas and interests to browse from, including 23 categories of news, sports, travel, entertainment and fitness apps.

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Facebook to Release App Center, Offer Paid Apps

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(MENLO PARK, Calif.) -- Facebook’s not slowing down this month.  In addition to the announcement of its organ donation program and its IPO, the social networking giant has just announced that it will be rolling out an App Center.

Facebook has already had a landing page for its new Timeline apps, but this will be a dedicated App Center.

“Everything has an app detail page, which helps people see what makes an app unique and lets them install it before going to an app,” Facebook’s Aaron Brady explained in a post on Facebook Wednesday.

The Facebook App Center will be available on the web and within the iPhone, iPad and Android Facebook mobile apps.  Like other app stores, Facebook will introduce app ratings and users will be able to rate apps on a one to five scale.

But perhaps the biggest change is the introduction of paid apps on Facebook.

“Many developers have been successful with in-app purchases, but to support more types of apps on, we will give developers the option to offer paid apps,” Brady wrote.

There’s no price range detailed for the apps and no announcement yet of what sort of companies might offer paid apps on the platform.

The App Center will be available to all in coming weeks.

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Apple: App Store Downloads Top 15 Billion

PRNewsFoto/Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple says its App Store has surpassed the 15 billion download mark.

“In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen,” Apple’s vice president for worldwide product marketing, Philip Schiller, said in a statement.

Apple says that to date it has more than 425,000 apps available for download across its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch platforms.

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