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Apple's App Store turns 5: 10 key dates

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July 11, 2013 will mark the fifth anniversary of Apple's App Store. An occasion to look at its evolution over these years, from its launch at the same time as the iPhone 3G to the introduction of apps for iPads and Macs. Today, the App Store features nearly 1 million apps. 

- July 11, 2008: launch of the App Store along with the iPhone 3G

- July 14, 2008: 100 million downloads take place during the launch weekend.

- September 9, 2008: the benchmark number of 100 million downloads is exceeded. At the time, the App Store ‘only' offered 3,000 apps, and only a small number of free ones.

- April 23, 2009: 13-year-old American Connor Mulcahey downloads the 1 billionth app and wins a $10,000 App Store voucher.

- July 14, 2009: Apple announces that users have racked up 1.5 billion downloads in one year; at that time 65,000 apps are available.

- November 4, 2009: 100,000 apps are available on the App Store

- April 3, 2010: launch of the iPad along with 3000 applications specifically for the device

- January 6, 2011: opening of the Mac App Store with 1000 available applications, including iLife and iWork

- January 22, 2011: the threshhold of 10 billion app downloads is reached: at that time the App Store contains 350,000 apps.

- March 16, 2013: Apple announces that the App Store has counted over 50 billion downloads, and the app selection numbers over 800,000 apps.

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