Apparently, 2018 started with everything for Apple!
In a press release, Ma said today that, only on the first day of the year, Ma App Store earned nothing less than $ 300 million! But the thunderous numbers did not stop by, at: from Christmas to the New Year (one week cycle), spending on apps and games reached the mark of $ 890 million!
Here is the statement by Apple's head of global marketing, Phil Schiller:
We are excited about the new App Store reaction and seeing so many customers discovering and enjoying new apps and games. We want to thank all the creative app developers who created these great apps and helped to change people's lives. In 2017 alone, iOS developers earned $ 26.5 billion, a 30% increase over 2016.
The Pokmon GO game returned to the top of the App Store rankings on December 21st, with the introduction of new augmented reality features created with the framework ARKit, offering more detailed and realistic gameplay.
According to Apple (and contrary to a survey we released today), there are almost 2,000 augmented reality compatible apps available on the App Store, covering all categories among the most popular titles are games like CSR Racing 2, Stack AR and 8 Ball; shopping apps like Amazon and Wayfair; education apps, including Night Sky and Thomas & Friends Minis; and social networking apps, including Pitu and Snapchat.
The redesign of the App Store, introduced in iOS 11, has also made the discovery of apps and games something more pleasant and easy for more than half a billion customers who visit the store every week, according to Apple. The ?Today?, ?Games? and ?Apps? tabs presented several hits in 2017, including Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Monument Valley 2, King of Glory, Calm and Affinity Photo. Well-known apps like Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga, Enlight Videoleap, 1Password and Hulu have also remained popular throughout the year.
Also according to the company, since the launch of the App Store in 2008, developers have already pocketed $ 86 billion! Not bad