Apple said its App Store sold $10 billion in apps in 2013. A billion worth were sold in December alone when 3 billion apps were downloaded, “making it the most successful month in App Store history,” the company said.
The App Store has generated $15 billion for developers so far, Apple said.
Apple praised developers for making it a successful season and touted the impact of iOS 7. The company also gave special credit to a handful of brands and “surprise hits.”
Developers such as Evernote, Yahoo!, AirBnB, OpenTable, Tumblr, Pinterest and American Airlines re-imagined the user experience, bringing content to the forefront while increasing the overall efficiency and performance of their apps.
2013 saw surprise hits like Ellen DeGeneres’ Heads Up, ProtoGeo’s Moves, Simon Filip’s Afterlight and Kevin Ng’s Impossible Road. Many of the year’s biggest successes like Candy Crush Saga, Puzzles & Dragons, Minecraft, QuizUp and Clumsy Ninja were created by international developers, while Duolingo (United States), Simogo (Sweden), Frogmind (UK), Plain Vanilla Corp (Iceland), Atypical Games (Romania), Lemonista (China), BASE (Japan) and Savage Interactive (Australia) emerged as developers to watch in 2014.
More than a million apps are available for Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.