Apple: We've paid out $10B to iOS developers so far

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) during its developer conference today announced it has so far paid out $10 billion to iOS developers via its App Store. "To put that into perspective, that's three times more than all other platforms combined," Apple CEO Tim Cook noted.

Cook said that half of that $10 billion figure has been paid out during the past year.

Cook said Apple's iOS App Store, which is almost five years old, now counts a total of 900,000 apps, including 375,000 apps for Apple's iPad tablet. "Compared with just a few thousand (tablet apps) from the other guys," Cook said.

Cook said that iOS users have downloaded more than 50 billion apps from the company's App Store since the storefront launched. "This is phenomenal. That's a lot of zeroes," Cook said. The App Store "has fundamentally changed the world."

Interestingly, Cook said that 93 percent of all the apps in the App Store have been downloaded each month, a figure likely intended to indicate that apps in the App Store are regularly accessed and are not just taking up space.

iOS controlled 39.2 percent of the U.S. smartphone subscriber market in April, up 1.4 percentage points since January, while Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)-backed Android slipped from 52.3 percent to 52 percent, according to comScore. Canalys said Apple accounted for 19.5 percent of all global smartphone shipments in 2012, a figure that the firm expects to decline to 14.1 percent in 2017.

For more:
- see this Verge live blog
- see this Engadget live blog

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