Having announced a record set of numbers for Q2 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that over 3,500 apps are already available for the recently launched Apple Watch.
This is compared to 1,000 for the iPad when it first came out in April 2010 and 500 for when the iPhone’s App Store debuted in July 2008.
“Our developer community has already seen the potential in this new category and put some of their best thinking into what wearable technology can do,” said Cook, adding that “we can’t wait to see more of the inspiring apps developers dream up for Apple Watch as we head into our Worldwide Developer Conference six weeks from now.”
Earlier this month, Apple asked third-party developers to submit their WatchKit apps as well.
He said the company’s internal goal was to beat the iPad’s 1,000 apps, and believes Apple is “far ahead from where we expected to be from an application point of view.”
Cook also said during the earnings call that the App Store had its “best quarter ever”, with a record number of customers making purchases, driving a new record for revenue and 29 per cent year-on-year growth.
Apple is responsible for creating over 670,000 jobs across the European continent, said Cook, most of them coming from the success of the App Store, which has generated more than $7.5 billion for European developers since 2008.
The App Store also played a major role in a 9 per cent increase in overall revenue, which grew “to a new all-time record of $58 billion”, said CFO Luca Maestri.
App Annie has said that the App Store generated 70 per cent more global revenue in the March quarter than Google Play, up from a 60 per cent lead in the September quarter, while Google Play’s worldwide downloads in Q1 2015 were approximately 70 per cent higher than the App Store.
According to Danielle Levitas, App Annie’s SVP of research and analysis, Apple’s continued success indicates the mobile app market is still burgeoning.
“Developers will welcome the news that Apple continues to perform well with strong global expansion of iOS via the incredible sales for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus products in particular,” she said.
“Add to this that starting this quarter, developers have a new platform to expand into — the Apple Watch — and together we see this as a surefire sign that the app economy is still nascent and poised for more incredible growth,” she added.
Recent research has revealed that the Apple Watch will increase the popularity of “unheralded” categories such as travel, health and fitness and communication, while games may see a decline.