Mobile app development hit a major milestone today when Apple accepted its one-millionth — yes, one-millionth — app for sale in the App Store, further underscoring Cupertino’s lead in the apps space.
Yes, the number of apps accepted differs from the number of apps available in the App Store, since not every application can stick it out over the long haul. Still, it highlights the remarkable staying power of the majority of iOS apps and the overwhelming popularity of the iOS platform.
“It really shows how popular iOS has been with software developers,” Gartner analyst Brian Blau told Wired. “And [Apple] really has attracted quite a few more software developers. It’s relatively easy to start developing for iOS — you can get up and running pretty quickly.”
Appsfire, an app that lets you track, discover, and find deals on new apps, arrived at the number by following and disseminating Apple’s official feed of iTunes information. The one million figure reflects apps that have been approved and gone live in the App Store since it opened to developers in 2008.
“I think it’s pretty plausible, but it’s hard to tell,” Blau said of Appsfire’s calculations. “If it’s not a million apps, it’s probably pretty close.”