At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the firm’s App Store had recently reached a key milestone of having more than two million apps. Besides that astonishing figure, they have generated almost $50 billion for developers in total.
Today, with millions of apps available to users of iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users), Apple’s digital app stores have clocked up over 130 billion individual downloads since the App Store was launched back in 2008, said Cook.
Cook also said that there were more than five thousands developers from seventy four countries in attendance at this year’s WWDC. That figure includes 350 scholarship students. Apple is, as always, keen to encourage the younger generation to take up software development. This year, there are 120 attendees under eighteen years old, the youngest being nine.
“I met her yesterday and she is going to make one heck of a developer”, Cook said.
Apple also teased a new kid-friendly app to help them learn software development skills. Swift Playgrounds, a new app that will be available with iOS 10 in the fall, aims to help youngsters learn to code, something which Apple hopes will some day be taught to all children in schools.
Larry Banks is a keen follower of technology and finance. He has worked for a variety of online publications, writing about a diverse range of topics including mobile networks, patents, and Internet video delivery technologies.