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Apple Looking Into Verizon iPad 2 3G Problems

So, the iPad 2 has been out for a little bit now and there are some more problems to report in on. According to Apple, the company is looking into an issue that requires some Apple iPad 2 owners with built-in Verizon 3G to reboot their device in order to enable 3G after they have turned it off. In a...

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40 Billion Downloads – But Why?

Posted by C.P. Wilder | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 08-01-2013

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40 Billion DownloadsImagine a world where everything you needed was a click or touch away….wait a minute – it is already here!  Apple is now touting the fact that they have over 40 billion app downloads, with over 20 billion of those happening just this past year.  Not being an iphone or ipad user, with much protestation from my daughter, I almost have a tough time visualizing what that statistic means.  How does one sort through such availability of information and then apply it to a daily use?  An app for this, an app for that.  I am not sure I am ready to delve into a new world with so much information.  Do all of these apps that have earned developers over $7 billion dollars really enhance our lives that much?  Jay Yarrow, of the Business Insider, states that the app store has over 755,000 apps available for several of Apple’s products to users in over 155 countries.  What could all of these apps possibly do?

From my small part of the world, I see my daughter with her iphone flaming between her hands talking about instagram, pintrest, games, voxxing, among a multitude of other foreign words and I wonder what good is all of this “stuff” to her growth and development?  After all, it is my duty as her mom to see that she is healthy and smart.  How can being glued to her electronic device possibly be helping her with social etiquette or being able to keep her grades up or being physically fit?  What good would any of this do me if I decided to jump over the cliff and go hi-tech (for me anyway) by getting an iphone?

Well, because of the many different apps that are available out there my daughter completely revamped her bedroom in all of the hottest colors and decor on a small budget and with do-it-yourself projects because of the idea and comparison apps on her iphone.  She can research information for her project at school faster on her iphone than I can on my laptop.  And believe me, her socialization is not suffering at school or home because she is connected to her friends within seconds.  As for me, I look forward to the day when I no longer will have to stop at every gas station to ask for directions or wait to get home to check my email or facebook.

So this mom gives Apple a two thumbs up for the amazing number of apps that are available.  I do have to stop and wonder though, just how many more can they develop that they haven’t already thought of?  I guess only time and statistics will tell.

Click here to read the official Apple Press Release: Record-Breaking December with Over Two Billion Downloads

Apple’s App Store Hits 500,000 Apps

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 24-05-2011

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Apple App Store logoApple’s App Store has recently hit an important milestone, passing 500,000 apps. Apple arrived at this number by combining apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPhone that is. These numbers come from three different sources: 148apps, Chomp and Chillingo. These three have put together an infographic detailing different milestones and trends that led Apple to that figure.

This infographic points out some very interesting data points about how the App Store progressed, specifically in the areas of price and the makeup of the App Store’s volume. Paid apps account for 63% of the overall library of apps in the store and average around $3.64 per app. If you wanted to buy the entire paid apps catalog, you would need to drop $891,982.24.

Individual applications are broken out as well for both news significance as well as chart-topping prowess. Included in this is Angry Birds from Rovio which held the number one spot in the paid apps section for 275 days. Angry Birds was followed not so closely by The Moron Test, which held the number one spot for a total of 38 days. Other titles, like Apple’s one and only iOS game Texas Hold ’em, are noted on the infographic as not having been updated for almost two and a half years.

The App Store was first launched by Apple in 2008 with the release of the iPhone 3G. There was no software development kit when the first generation iPhone was released as Apple was more focused on pushing developers towards the internet instead. Since the App Store’s release, the service has brought developers more than $2 billion in revenue with Apple taking a 30% cut of every app sold.

Apple recently announced in January that the App Store was up to 350,000 apps, showing that the additional 150,000 apps only took a tad bit more than four months to accumulate. This is very notable due to the fact that it took the App Store over a year to jump from 10,000 apps to 100,000. In competition with Apple, Microsoft just announced that the Windows Phone Marketplace has just reached 17,000 apps. Microsoft’s app store opened up near the end of 2010.

However, Apple’s reign on top of the app market could be coming to an end. Reports released near the end of April showed that Google’s Android Market is set to surpass Apple’s sometime in July. This estimate was made after looking at several months of tracking Google’s growth on multiple platforms. Android also has a split approach, allowing multiple app stores on a single device as well as app side-loading. Apple must first approve each app.

No official statement has been released by Apple noting the company surpassing 500,000 apps. Some app services are stating that Apple is only at about 495,000 apps. Apple is expected to make a more precise statement at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in a couple of weeks.

Source: CNET – Estimates peg App Store at 500,000 apps

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