You won’t see Apple setting up shop at CES in Las Vegas any time soon, but the company still had some good news to share this week. Taking a moment to reflect on the past year, the iPhone-maker boasted record-breaking App Store profits topping $10 billion in sales through the mobile marketplace. Apple also noted that sales peaked in December for a total of $1 billion in revenue from last month alone.
Apple also took the opportunity to thank its app developers, who have collectively earned $15 billion since the App Store first launched (as a rule, Apple takes 30 percent of all App Store revenue while 70 percent goes straight to the developers). The company also pointed to 500,000 native iPad apps and the introduction of iOS 7 as driving forces behind this year’s profits.
“We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services. “The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”
Apple may be losing to Google’s Android when it comes to pure market share, but Cupertino clearly still has the advantage when it comes to actually making money for itself and its developers through app sales. As long as it stays that way the company should have no trouble attracting the best developers from around the world.