Apple’s iPad ecosystem hit another milestone today as the number of dedicated iPad apps available in the App Store passed the 60,000 mark. Previously, Apple hit the 50,000 app mark on December 15 and achieved this milestone by adding 10,000 new apps in only 36 days. It took Apple another 36 days to increase the number of iPad apps from 50,000 to 60,000 even though Apple locked down the App Store to developers from December 23-28 for maintenance. If you remove these days from the count, Apple was able to reach the 60,000 apps mark in only 30 days.
The iPad app ecosystem has grown at an impressive rate since it was launched April 3 and is one of the fastest growing mobile app ecosystems. The iPad achieved the 60,000 apps mark faster than any other product in the Apple’s history. In comparison, it took almost 12 months for the iPhone & iPod Touch to hit the 60,000 app mark versus a little over 9 months to hit the same level for the iPad.
Apple currently is counting down the 10 billionth App download from the App Store and should hit the milestone before the end of January.
Apple originally broke the 10,000 iPad apps mark in June, 70 days after the launch of the iPad on April 3.
- 10,000 iPad Apps – 70 days
- 20,000 iPad Apps – 60 days
- 30,000 iPad Apps – 48 days
- 40,000 iPad Apps – 42 days
- 50,000 iPad Apps – 36 days
- 60,000 iPad Apps – 36 days
With over 60,000 iPad apps now available, the iPad is one of the fastest growing mobile application ecosystems. The iPad app store is currently the third largest mobile apps platform behind iPhone and Android. If you combine all iOS apps, there are roughly twice as many iOS apps as there are Android apps.
*Data from the PadGadget Apps Tracker and Apple App Store.