Solving Life’s dilemmas, one app at a time

16 Oct

You’ve probably heard everyone talking about ‘apps’ – but what are they? In short, they’re a way to perform almost any task on your phone, and in just a few years they’ve become a phenomenon

“A new game or a new recipe. Something to help you stay on top of world affairs or something to help you stay on top of your finances. For all the incredible things your iPhone already does, there are thousands more, waiting for you at the App Store.” – APPLE

I have had a Blackberry for the past 5 years and have constantly watched i-Phone users with envy. I would more than often, ‘borrow’ the nearest i-Phone to play with the dozens of apps on it to no end. I felt entirely consumed by the flashing lights, and chirpy sounds which would come out of the small hand-held device. I almost felt like i’d been siting on a pokies machine for endless hours.It was at that point that I had decided. I needed an i-Phone. Fast.

So, exactly what is an ‘app’?

Well, strictly speaking the term app is short for the application which refers to any piece of software that works on a software system of sorts.  In 2007, Apple launched an online store where you buy all sorts of these mobile phone applications specifically designed to run on the iPhone. They sexed it up a bit by referring to them as “apps” and the rest is history.

Application Fixation Facts:

There are over 50 million iPhones and iPod Touch units in use today

Total Active Apps (currently available for download): 688,652 
Total Apps Seen in US App Store: 
953,941

Most Popular Categories
1 – Games (123918 active)
2 – Education (71138 active)
3 – Entertainment (64439 active)
4 – Lifestyle (58256 active)
5 – Books (52385 active)

Current Average App Price: $1.83
Current Average Game Price: $0.90
Current Average Overall Price: $1.70

 

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