Apple crossed a new milestone in 2012, when the App store witnessed an astounding 20 billion application downloads last year. This sounds even more impressive considering there have been 40 billion application downloads in its App Store since the marketplace launched in 2008, and 2012 alone accounted for half the downloads.
Apple’s App Store now has over 500 million active accounts, and 2 billion apps were downloaded in December alone, making it the best month in the marketplace’s history. The App Store has 775,000 apps available for iOS devices
This also spells good news for developers, who have been paid $7 billion till date, according to a senior official at Apple.
It appears from these figures, that Apple’s growth is accelerating.