More than three billion applications have been downloaded from Apple’s (News - Alert) App Store by iPhone and iPod Touch users worldwide, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computing giant announced today.
That’s about one application for every two people on Earth.
“Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months -- this is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” said Steve Jobs (News - Alert), Apple’s CEO, in a press statement. “The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon.”
Today’s iPhone (News - Alert) and iPod touch customers in 77 countries worldwide can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.
In other Apple-related news, TMCnet has reported that rumors about the long-anticipated Apple Tablet release ramped up this week. Now several sources are reporting Apple plans to release the new multimedia device later this month. However, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Apple doesn’t plan on shipping the product until this spring.
The new tablet device will resemble a large iPhone and will come with a 10.1-inch multi-touch touchscreen, a virtual keyboard and will offer support for videoconferencing and e-books, according to a post by former Google China President Kai-Fu Lee.
Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri