Apple's iOS developer payouts exceed $7B, downloads top 40B

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced it has paid out more than $7 billion to its iOS developer partners.

Among the App Store's most notable success stories, Imangi Studios reports downloads of its bestselling Temple Run surpassed 75 million in 2012, while game developers Backflip Studios and Supercell raked in more than $100 million combined for their freemium titles DragonVale and Clash of Clans. In addition, services like Uber, Flipboard, HotelTonight and AirBnB have attracted iOS userbases in the millions.

Consumers have now downloaded more than 40 billion iOS applications from Apple's App Store, including close to 20 billion in 2012 alone and a record-high 2 billion during the month of December. The App Store now boasts more than 775,000 applications optimized for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including 300,000 native iPad apps. More than 500 million consumers in 155 countries have active App Store accounts.

Apple is scheduled to announce its fourth quarter 2012 earnings on Jan. 23. Evercore Partners' Rob Cihra forecasts Apple will report iPhone sales of 50 million, a 35 percent year-over-year increase and an 86 percent quarterly leap; he also anticipates the firm will report iPad tablet sales in excess of 24 million, up 56 percent over the fourth quarter of 2011 and a 71 percent jump over the third quarter of 2012. Apple reported cumulative iOS device sales of 400 million in June 2012.

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