Apple's 2013 App Sales Top $10 Billion

In the role of Apple Inc. AAPL -0.72%  sells new iPhones and iPads, it plus sells new apps. The volume of individuals sales became acquit in favor of the to begin with stretch while Apple alleged on Tuesday it sold new than $10 billion worth through its App keep live day.

Subsequent to taking its 30% scratch, Apple appears to suffer generated new than $3 billion taking part in revenue from the App keep live year—the vast majority of which likely was profit. The target reflects the good cycle with the purpose of has emerged from the hit of its iPhone and iPad. While an Apple user buys apps before spends money taking part in the App keep, it strengthens with the purpose of person's ties to Apple's iOS platform and increases the likelihood of with the purpose of user exchange any more Apple device taking part in the coming.

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Apple's App keep revenue is accelerating in the role of its gains elsewhere time-consuming. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

App keep revenue is a lesser little of the $91 billion generated by the iPhone taking part in Apple's fiscal day ended taking part in September. But it is a fast-growing selling next to a stretch while Apple's revenue growth overall is slowing.

Apple alleged December was the single paramount month in favor of App keep sales, taking taking part in new than $1 billion from downloads of all but three billion apps. Since 2008, Apple alleged app developers suffer earned $15 billion from the App keep; with the purpose of implies entire app sales since it follows that of new than $21 billion.

While Apple introduced the iPhone taking part in 2007, then-CEO Steve Jobs was reluctant to allow outside software developers to create programs in favor of the handset, bothered with the purpose of they would bog down the phone's extract functions. The company distorted line a day afterward and opened the App keep, a marketplace with the purpose of tiled the way in favor of a inexperienced time of software development.

In favor of the to begin with little years of the App keep, Apple's pilot taking part in smartphones prompted many developers to freedom apps on its iOS platform to begin with, and taking part in certain bags, exclusively. With the purpose of gave the device an of the essence buttress up finished rival phones using Google Inc. GOOG +1.93%  's robot software. With the purpose of dynamic, however, is opening to modify in the role of the share of robot campaign continues to grow.

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Piper Jaffray PJC +2.74%  Cos. Analyst Gene Munster alleged taking part in a details on Monday with the purpose of apps quality and usability are veto longer a differentiating aspect flanked by Apple's iOS software and robot.

Based on user ratings in favor of the top 200 paid and limitless apps on iOS and robot, app quality and experience flanked by the two platforms is a "virtual join," he wrote. "The biggest take-away from our look at is with the purpose of in attendance is seemingly least difference taking part in satisfaction flanked by apps on either platform in the present day," he alleged.

Mr. Munster alleged the after that front line long for be there the services exclusive to every one platform such in the role of Siri, Apple's voice-recognition digital assistant, and Google without hesitation, its version of an smart not public assistant with the purpose of can answer questions, give somebody no option but to recommendations and predict what did you say? In a row users need.

Mr. Munster didn't return an email Tuesday seeking comment on Apple's sales records.

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Apple alleged 2013 sales were boosted by apps such in the role of Ellen DeGeneres's Heads Up! Game, ProtoGeo Oy's Moves calorie counter, Simon Filip's Afterlight image editor and Kevin Ng's difficult Road game.

Apple celebrated many of the year's biggest successes—including chocolate Crush Saga, Puzzle & Dragons and Minecraft, together with others—were bent overseas.

The App keep at this time offers new than solitary million apps in favor of the iPhone, iPad and iPod dash taking part in categories such in the role of news, games, sports, travel and new.