10 billions apps downloaded

Earlier today, it was announced that Apple customers have downloaded 10 billion apps.

That’s right, billion — with a b.

The lucky winner of the $10,000 iTunes gift card promised to the customer with the 10 billionth app is Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, UK. Gail’s lucky download was Paper Glider, a free game that involves flying a paper airplane through an office. (There’s a link below.)

Apple’s Phil Schiller said:

With more than 10 billion apps downloaded in just two and a half years—a staggering seven billion apps in the last year alone—the App Store has surpassed our wildest dreams. The App Store has revolutionized how software is created, distributed, discovered and sold. While others try to copy the App Store, it continues to offer developers and customers the most innovative experience on the planet.

In its press release, Apple updated the public number of apps available for its various devices — 350,000 apps to iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users, with 60,000 iPad-native apps.

Stephen Hackett, formerly a Lead Mac Genius at Apple, now spends his days running the IT department of a large non-profit in Memphis, TN. He writes about Apple, design and journalism at forkbombr.net. Like all twenty-somethings, you can find him… Full Bio