The iPhone changed everything when it was released a little over 10 years ago. Then the App Store changed it again.
Apple’s App Store turns 10 years old this week and it’s difficult to remember life before it launched. We did very little on our smartphones aside from talk on them, send SMS messages and access the web.
The App Store opened a floodgate of fast and very specific applications we could download in an instant. Remember those early commercials “There’s an app for that”? It was both brilliant and accurate. If you wanted to do something, you could find it in the App Store.
The most popular apps a decade ago were Pandora and Facebook but did you purchase “Crash Bandicoot” or “MonkeyBall?” Millions did, along with silly apps like iBeer and “PimplePopper.”
Apple is celebrating the App Store Anniversary by releasing a ton of information on life before and since it launched on July 10, 2008. The most downloaded free apps of all time are Pandora, Facebook and Facebook Messenger. The apps that earned the most revenue are Netflix and Spotify.
There was a time when most people only had a handful of apps on their phone but now we have pages of apps that keep our schedules, our notes, our emails, our social media, our videos and music, our photos, our work or classroom studies. I truly cannot imagine what we’d be doing or how we’d be doing it if we were still confined to our desktop or laptop computers for almost all of what we do online. Standing in line at the grocery store would be boring, long car rides or airplane trips would seem to take forever and, to be honest, bathroom breaks probably would be shorter.
Happy Birthday Apple’s App Store. You’ve come a long way in 10 years.