It’s official: Apple’s application store has served 1 billion apps to iPhone and iPod Touch users. The billionth app, Bump by Bump Technologies, was downloaded by 13-year-old Connor Mulcahey of Weston, Connecticut. For his download, Mulcahey wins a $10000 iTunes gift card, an iPod Touch, a Time Capsule, and a MacBook Pro.
This is an amazing accomplishment on Apple’s part as the App Store only launched 9 months ago and its growth has been exponential ever since. When the iPhone launched last July, 1 million models sold within the first 3 days, during which time 10 million applications were downloaded. By early December, 300 million apps had been downloaded. In January, Apple revealed that the App Store had roughly 15000 apps available–20000 by February–and had reached the 500 million download mark. So it took six months to reach the first 500 million downloads and only three for the next 500 million. Current estimates place the number of application available at above 35000.
The iPhone and iPod Touch is now available in 77 countries. That in part is the fire behind the App Store’s accelerating growth. Last July the iPhone launched in only 22 countries.
It’ll be interesting to see how quickly Apple hits the 2 billionth download. Given the current growth rate, combined with the iPhone 3.0 update adding 1000 new developer APIs this summer, I’m guessing we won’t be waiting another nine months.