“App”: noun, Computers, Informal. 1. an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices.
We’ve all heard the catchphrase – ‘There’s an app for that’. Well, with the number of apps being developed on a daily basis, this might almost literally be true. These days, customers download more than 800 apps every single second from the iStore. Let’s take a look at how apps started.
On July 10, 2008, Apple launched the App Store, with 552 apps available, of which 135 were free. Unprepared for the popularity of their invention, the App Store was overwhelmed with 10 Million downloads in the first week alone. By September of the same year, the store had surpassed 100 million downloads, and by the end of 2008 the most downloaded app of the year, with 5 million downloads, was Facebook. Apps changed the way that people communicated and did business, and with the advent of the Smartphone, their influence and presence in our daily lives have grown exponentially. It is sometimes difficult to imagine that Apps have only been in existence for a few years.
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