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Happy Birthday, App Store!

By deans ~ July 11th, 2009. Filed under: Observations.

In many cultures, the first birthday has tremendous significance.  After a year of surviving and, hopefully, thriving, a child is deemed to be beyond the most common causes of infant mortality and therefore much more likely to live to a ripe old age.

It’s hard to believe that our beloved App Store officially launched exactly one year ago, today.  For all of its much discussed faults, the App Store, combined with the iPhone SDK, revolutionized the world of mobile apps.  Professional developers have been able to cobble together mobile apps for more than 15 years, but the market was tremendously fragmented, and distribution channels were, to put it mildly, challenging.

The App Store and iPhone SDK allowed some of the pros to actually make a bit of money, while also turning on the creative spigots for casual, and if some of the posts that I see on the iPhone Dev SDK Forum are to be believed, non-developers.

Let’s review.  After one year, according to the metrics on 148Apps, the App Store has something on the order of 57K apps and 15K active publishers.  To date, in July 2009, the store is receiving an average of 144 apps/day.  For the time being, Apple has clearly built an almost unassailable barrier to competition in the smartphone space by establishing this vibrant development ecosystem.First Birthday Cake for App Store

While we all have our pet peeves with the App Store, on this, its first birthday, let’s celebrate the achievement, and appreciate the opportunity that it has provided for all of us.

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