It looks like Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has passed another milestone in its march on the mobile industry. Three players in the app ecosystem have crunched some figures, and claim that Apple has now approved 500,000 apps for the iOS platform in 34 months since the App Store was launched. A long, but interesting infographic charts apps’ progress over that time:
The data — compiled by analytics company Chomp, blog 148apps.com and games developer Chillingo — has not been confirmed officially by Apple.
We have contacted the company and will update with any response later. Apple has been in touch to confirm the last figure it publicly released: 350,000, so you might want to take the 500,000 figure with that grain of salt.
Today, there are around 400,000 apps available in Apple’s App Store — the lower number, writes Fortune, is due to “attritition, replacement and withdrawal”. The half-million milestone was reached around midnight on Tuesday.
In January, Apple said that some 10 billion apps had been downloaded from the App Store, a number that is likely to get updated at the Apple WWDC event in June.
Worth noting that Apple today is still the market leader when it comes to apps, although Google’s Android Market is giving it a run for its money — at least where app numbers are concerned; profitability is another question (Apple has cornered the market on that, at least where devices are concerned).
Distimo notes that today the Market already has more free apps than the App Store — 134,342 compared to 121,845 — and predicts that by September of this year the Android Market will surpass the App Store in terms of number of apps.
But that’s a number to revisit in September. Today, we can, unofficially, celebrate the half-million mark on iOS, complete with timeline of key events and best-sellers:
A link to the higher-resolution, full-size chart is here.