On the 10th of July 2008 the App Store have opened there doors for the first time. A day later, today 5 years back, the iPhone 3g came available for sale. On the first that the App Store was online, the app store had 500 apps. 25% was free. In the first weekend Apple sold over 10 million apps. The beginning of a huge succes.
And now, 5 years later, 889.254 apps are online in the App Store. And more than 50.000.000.000 (50 billion) downloads! 90% is available for free. Apple paid more than 10 billion dollar to the developers. In the end of 2012 the millionth app was approved by Apple. In total 336.256 apps where removed from the App Store (by the developers, or by Apple by subsequent disapproval). In May 2013 Apple approved a record number of 1053 app per day. This month was that 257 apps every day. The approval of an app takes about 7 days.
Below you can see a nice overview of the number of apps and downloads.