The Apple App Store exceeded 40 billion downloads in total, with nearly 20 billion coming in 2012, read a press release from Apple.
December in particular was a record-breaking month in terms of app downloads, with more than two billion apps downloaded during the month.
Apple added that DragonVale developer Backflip Studios and Supercell, developer of Clash of Clans and HayDay, raked in a combined $100 million for their freemium titles DragonVale and Clash of Clans.
“It has been an incredible year for the iOS developer community,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in a statement. “Developers have made over seven billion dollars on the App Store, and we continue to invest in providing them with the best ecosystem so they can create the most innovative apps in the world.”
According to Apple, the App Store now houses more than 775,000 apps, up from the previously reported 700,000 apps. More than 300,000 of the 775,000 apps are native iPad apps, up 50,000 apps since Apple CEO Tim Cook reported 250,000 native iPad apps in the Apple App Store at the iPhone 5 launch event in Sept. 2012. Google last reported 700,000 apps in the Google Play Store, which made the app store tied with the Apple App Store at the time in quantity of apps.
Note that the 40 billion download figure excludes re-downloads and app updates.