Here are 5 ways Apple’s App Store changed how we use smartphones

CNET | 7/10/2018 | Shara Tibken
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Without Apple's App Store, your iPhone may well have just stayed a phone.

The App Store has been around so long, it's easy to forget that it wasn't always a core part of the iPhone concept. The store came a year after the introduction of original iPhone, arriving with the iPhone 3G. It debuted with 500 apps from developers like MLB and The New York Times, and iPhone and iPod Touch owners in 62 countries had access to the store when it opened 10 years ago today.

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It didn't take long to figure out Apple was on to something. By the weekend following the App Store launch, the number of available apps had jumped to more than 800, and users had downloaded them over 10 million times.

"The App Store is a grand slam, with a staggering 10 million applications downloaded in just three days," Steve Jobs, Apple's then-CEO, said at the time.

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He wasn't exaggerating. Fast forward 10 years, and the App Store had "surpassed all of [Apple's] wildest expectations," as Phil Schiller, the company's head of marketing, put it last week.


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Today, 500 million people from 155 countries visit the App Store each week. There are more than 2 million apps available for download, roughly 1.3 million of them designed specifically for the iPad. Developers are making big money -- more than $100 billion as of June 2018 -- selling apps.

"The app distribution model Apple perfected was as important as the iPhone launch a year earlier for creating today's smartphone mass market," said Ian Fogg, a tech analyst who was formerly with IHS Markit.

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Here are five ways the App Store changed phones as we know them:

Just how vital is the App Store to the iPhone's success? In a word -- extremely. Apps are what helped turn the iPhone into more than...
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