Apple has reportedly approved over half a million iPhone, iPod touch and iPad apps. Right now there are only about 400,000 apps in the App Store, because not every app that’s approved stays in the App Store forever. But for a platform that’s only about 3 million years old, 400,000 or 500,000 apps ain’t bad.

Of course, there’s a lot to be said for quality over quantity. A fair number of those apps are awful games or simple apps that don’t do very much. But not only are there more apps for iOS than any other smartphone platform at the moment, but it sure seems like there are more high quality apps for the platform as well. It’s not like there aren’t low quality apps littering the Android Market, BlackBerry App World, or Windows Phone Marketplace.

The folks at 148apps, Chomp, and Chillingo have put together an attractive infographic to mark the milestone. A few interesting points:

  • 37% of the apps are free, for a total of 147,966 apps
  • The average price for a paid app is $3.64
  • There are over 85,000 unique developers
  • The average developer has 4.6 apps in the App Store

You can check out the full infographic at Facebook to view a timeline, a list of top apps, and more.

Microsoft, by the way, announced today that there are now 18,000 apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

via ReadWriteWeb

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...