How Many Apps Are in the App Store?

how many apps in the iPhone App Store?

With such an overwhelming volume of apps available, there's no simple way to figure out for yourself how many apps there are in the App Store. Luckily, Apple tells us periodically.

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, so the numbers are approximate.

The Total Apps column includes all apps that work on the iPhone, the iPad, or work on both.

So, that column gives the full total of apps in the App Store. The iPad Apps column lists the number of apps that have native iPad versions.

Total iOS
Apps

iPad
Apps

Apple Watch
Apps

Apple TV
Apps

May 2017 - 2,200,000

June 2016 - 2,000,000

June 2015 - 1,500,000

Jan. 2015 - 1,400,000

Sept. 2014 - 1,300,000

June 2014 - 1,200,000

Oct. 2013 - 1,000,000

June 2013 - 900,000

Jan. 2013 - 775,000

Sept. 2012 - 700,000

June 2012 - 650,000

April 2012 - 600,000

Oct. 2011 - 500,000

June 2011 - 425,000

March 2011 - 350,000

Nov. 2010 - 400,000

Sept. 2010 - 250,000

June 2010 - 225,000

May 2010 - 200,000

April 2010 - 185,000

Jan. 2010 - 140,000

Nov. 2009 - 100,000

Sept. 2009 - 85,000

July 2009 - 65,000

June 2009 - 50,000

April 2009 - 35,000

March 2009 - 25,000

Sept. 2008 - 3,000

July 2008 - 800

March 2016 - 1,000,000

Jan. 2015 - 725,000

Oct. 2014 - 675,000

Oct. 2013 - 475,000

June 2013 - 375,000

Jan. 2013 - 300,000

Sept. 2012 - 250,000

June 2012 - 225,000

April 2012 - 200,000

Oct. 2011 - 140,000

July 2011 - 100,000

June 2011 - 90,000

March 2011 - 65,000

Nov. 2010 - 40,000

Sept. 2010 - 25,000

June 2010 - 8,500

May 2010 - 5,000

Sept. 2015 - 10,000

July 2015 - 8,500

June 2015 - 6,000

Oct. 2016 - 8,000

June 2016 - 6,000

March 2016 - 5,000

There are a few interesting things we can see in this chart:

  • 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.
  • iPad app growth is slowing. The tablet market is generally in the doldrums, with sales slowing way down. That's happening for the growth of tablet apps, too. 
  • There's some confusion. There's something important that Apple doesn't reveal in these numbers. There are some apps that are iPhone only, some that are iPad only, and some that work on both iPhone and iPad. We don't know 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.

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