Apple to Sell 10 Billion Apps; Will Sprint iPhone Add to Gold Rush?
The tech giant added a live counter to its website this week, so that customers could revel in the moment that the company sells its 10 billionth app. Given the rate at which the numbers are currently whizzing by, that milestone appears to be imminent.
Apple says it plans to give away a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the person who actually purchases the 10 billionth app, Mashable reported.
Serving as the conduit for third-party applications and the Apple devices (iPad, iPod and iPhone) that run them, Apple tapped into a what has proved to be an incredibly lucrative business model. Indeed, the app universe is one reason Apple has grown to become the second most highly valued company in the United States, behind Exxon Mobil.
All signs point to the possibility of an expanding iPhone customer base in 2011. Now that the company has partnered with Verizon for the imminent release of a CDMA version of the popular app delivery system, rumors are circulating that a Sprint iPhone will soon follow. And with the CDMA platform, why not a T-Mobile iPhone, too?
After all, the more devices feeding into the App Store, the more that Apple counter will keep turning.
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