The Wall Street Journal recently sat down with Steve Jobs to see how things are going with the newly released App Store. As expected, things are going really well. In the past month that the App Store has been available to iPhone and iPod Touch users, more than 60 million applications have been downloaded. Of course many of those are free, but many have a price tag attached which means developers are making money. Apple is making money too with the 30% that they take, but Steve Jobs pointed out that much of that goes simply towards operating costs.
If we break down the number of apps that have been downloaded, we’ll see that they are slowly declining. Keep in mind that the iPhone 3G will be launching in several new countries on August 22nd which means sales could pick right back-up again.
- Day one through day 3: 10 million apps downloaded – approximately 3.3 million apps downloaded each day on average
- Day four through day 10: an additional 15 million apps downloaded – approximately 2.1 million apps downloaded each day on average
- Day eleven through day thirty: an additional 35 million apps downloaded – 1.75 million apps downloaded each day on average
Paid apps have brought in about $1 million dollars in sales per day. The Wall Street Journal says that if they stay at the current pace, Apple is set to make about $360 million in revenue from the App Store over a year’s time. Developers are making some decent money as well. Probably the best example of a successful game is Super Monkey Ball which has been downloaded over 300,000 times in 20 days. This means Super Monkey Ball alone has brought in $3 million.
Clearly the App Store was a smart move for Apple. During the interview, Steve jobs talked about what has set the iPhone apart from others. He said, “Phone differentiation used to be about radios and antennas and things like that. We think, going forward, the phone of the future will be differentiated by software.” Software has definitely been a big part of what has made the iPhone successful.
It looks as though T-Mobile may see what Steve Jobs does, that the phone of the future will be differentiated by software. Rumor has it that T-Mobile is preparing their own app store for the new phones they will be launching. While Apple’s App Store is only for the iPhone, T-Mobile’s store would be for multiple phones.
Source: Mac Rumors