How To iPhone & iPod How Many Apps Are in the App Store? Share Pin Email Print James Boast/Ikon Images/Getty Images Plus iPhone & iPod Key Concepts Basics Installing & Upgrading Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated June 24, 2019 PRODUCT DISCLOSURE $ We all know that the Apple App Store is stocked full of a seemingly limitless number of terrific apps for our Apple devices. But we also know it's not actually limitless. So, have you ever wondered how many apps are in the App Store? The chart below lists of the total number of apps available in the App Store at various dates in the past. The list is based on Apple announcements, news from Apple and other companies, and estimates from analysts, so the numbers are approximate. The Total iOS Apps column includes all apps that work on the iPhone, the iPad, iPod touch, or work on all three. The iPad Apps column lists the number of apps that have native iPad versions. The Apple Watch and Apple TV apps columns aren't counted as part of the Total Apps, since they have slightly separate App Stores. Total iOSApps iPadApps Apple WatchApps Apple TVApps Feb. 2019 - 2,200,000March 2018 - 2,100,000May 2017 - 2,200,000June 2016 - 2,000,000June 2015 - 1,500,000Jan. 2015 - 1,400,000Sept. 2014 - 1,300,000June 2014 - 1,200,000Oct. 2013 - 1,000,000June 2013 - 900,000Jan. 2013 - 775,000Sept. 2012 - 700,000June 2012 - 650,000April 2012 - 600,000Oct. 2011 - 500,000June 2011 - 425,000March 2011 - 350,000Nov. 2010 - 400,000Sept. 2010 - 250,000June 2010 - 225,000May 2010 - 200,000April 2010 - 185,000Jan. 2010 - 140,000Nov. 2009 - 100,000Sept. 2009 - 85,000July 2009 - 65,000June 2009 - 50,000April 2009 - 35,000March 2009 - 25,000Sept. 2008 - 3,000July 2008 - 800 March 2016 - 1,000,000Jan. 2015 - 725,000Oct. 2014 - 675,000Oct. 2013 - 475,000June 2013 - 375,000Jan. 2013 - 300,000Sept. 2012 - 250,000June 2012 - 225,000April 2012 - 200,000Oct. 2011 - 140,000July 2011 - 100,000June 2011 - 90,000March 2011 - 65,000Nov. 2010 - 40,000Sept. 2010 - 25,000June 2010 - 8,500May 2010 - 5,000 July 2017 - 19,000Sept. 2015 - 10,000July 2015 - 8,500June 2015 - 6,000 Oct. 2016 - 8,000June 2016 - 6,000March 2016 - 5,000 There are a few interesting things we can see in this chart: It's Really Hard to Get Good Numbers You may have noticed that we have lots of good, detailed data for the early days of these app stores and that the data gets less recent the closer we come to the present. That's because Apple has stopped providing this information as regularly as it once did. This part of an overall trend with Apple. The company has made a number of decisions in recent years to limit the amount of data it shares with the public. For instance, it used to announce the number of iPhones sold it each quarter. Now it only announces the revenue generated from those sales. Apple seems to be following that sort of trend with its app stores, preferring to talk about sales and pay-outs to developers rather than total numbers of apps. It may also think that saying there are over 2 million apps is enough — and that that's basically the equivalent of saying you can find anything you want. There's Some Confusion Something important that Apple doesn't reveal in these numbers is whether the iPad Apps total includes those that are iPad only or if it represents those that are iPad only and those that have combined iPhone and iPad versions. If it's the second, the total number of iPad-only apps is smaller than what's listed here. The Explosive Growth of Apps In the 18 months starting July 2008, when Apple updated the iOS to support native apps, and ending in January 2010, nearly 150,000 apps were released. That's around 275 apps per day. That's an amazing start. iPad Apps Grew at the Same Pace You might think that the growth of iPad apps would be faster than iPhone apps, since the App Store ecosystem had been in place for two years and users were comfortable with apps. Not true. The iPad had around 140,000 apps after its first 18 months, just like the iPhone. The App Store is Shrinking — On Purpose From 2017 to 2018, the number of iPhone apps in the App Store actually declined. That might seem like a bad sign. That's not necessarily the case. In recent years, Apple introduced new standards to improve the quality of the apps available in the store. Those standards led the company to remove old apps that are no longer compatible with new versions of the iOS, apps that copy other apps, and those that provide tools that aren't needed on the iPhone like antivirus. So, while numbers do sometimes go down, they're doing so while the quality of apps in the store are going up. Continue Reading What's the Limit of Apps and Folders on the iPhone? This Is the Number of iPods Sold All-Time What Is a Universal App? Find Out How You Can Text on the iPad Will My iPhone Apps Work on My iPad? How to Listen to Radio and Stream Music on the iPad How to Use the iTunes App Store to Get iPhone Apps Why You Can't Use Amazon Prime With Apple TV How To Use the Apple App Store on iPhone How to Use The App Store on Apple TV Can You Run iPhone Apps on Android and Windows? An Extensive Guide to the iPad Pros and Cons of Major App Stores How to Top the Charts with Your iPhone and iPad App Can You Install Apps on the iPod nano? 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