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After what appears to have been a very successful fourth quarter driven by the iPhone 6, Apple’s taking a moment to brag. On Thursday, the company announced that, to date, the iOS App Store has paid out $25 billion to developers.
$10 billion of that total was billed in 2014, a 50 percent increase from the year before. For comparison, at the annual Google I/O conference this past June, Google announced that it paid $5 billion since the previous I/O conference, and that was a 250 percent increase over the year before.
Apple says that New Years Day, or January 1st, was the “single biggest day ever” in App Store sales history. It’s frequently reported that Christmas Day is the biggest day for downloads, but perhaps people the world over like to download apps on their iPhone while they’re hungover. Apple also repeated 90 percent of all transactions by purchase volume in the U.S. work with Apple Pay.
[company]Apple[/company] also updated a page on its website touting its effect on the U.S. economy. The figures provided are high-level, but they indicate Apple has 30,000 retail employees, 66,000 total employees, and 8000 U.S. suppliers. If you count “jobs attributable to the iOS ecosystem,” Apple claims it created or supports over 1 million jobs in the U.S.
Apple will shed more light on its financial performance — as well as how many iPhones and iPads it sold this holiday season — at its upcoming earnings announcement on January 27.