The iPad hit another milestone today with the availability of over 10,000 iPad applications (iPad specific or Universal) in the Apple Apps Store. Apple was able to hit the 10,000 apps mark just 70 days after the launch of the iPad on April 3. This beats the pace set by the iPhone in 2008 when it took almost five months to reach 10,000 apps.
If measured separately, the iPad would be the third most popular mobile applications platform behind the iPhone (250,000 apps) and Android Market (50,000 apps).
The rapid rise of the iPad eco-system is truly impressive when compared to the iPad’s competition. It took the Android Market almost 11 months to reach 10,000 apps after it launched in 2008. Palm, RIM and Nokia, based on recent data from Morgan Stanley, all have less than 7,000 apps available in their app stores.
The pace of iPad apps shows no sign of slowing, with over 950 new iPad apps added weekly.
*Data from the PadGadget Apps Tracker and Apple App Store.