As much as we dislike Apple almost all the time, there are just certain events that occur where you have to tip your hat and give credit where credit is due. This is one of those cases as last week, Apple announced that it has toppled way over the 10 billion downloads it set a goal for and has now surpassed the 15 billion download mark.
Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing:
In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen. Thank you to all of our amazing developers who have filled it with over 425,000 of the coolest apps and to our over 200 million iOS users for surpassing 15 billion downloads.
That's pretty impressive. It's also impressive that they have over 425,000 apps on the platform as well, regardless of the tens of thousands cow moo and gunshot apps that may be roaming around.
It should be noted here that there are a staggering 100,000 native iPad apps on the platform as well (take note, HP!), and to date Apple has paid developers over $2.5 billion.
So congratulations, Apple, that's a pretty big number to hit. Enjoy the kudos while they last, we don't give them to you often around these parts, because we don't like you, and you usually don't deserve it.