If the app world had to be divided into two eras, it would be something like an era before and one after the App Store. Apple launched the App Store in July 2008 with only 500 apps. And nothing has been the same since then. The smartphone software game has only improved.

In the past 10 years, the App Store has not only changed the way we use our iPhones but it has also created a huge number of developers in the process. It has paved way for more job opportunities for iOS application development and mobile application development companies.

It is said that we should not focus much on our past. But what if the past is glorious? What if it has changed the way people use tech products in their daily life? And what if it has been quoted as ‘grand slam’ after the initial launch by Steve Jobs? Therefore, today we’ll take a look at the past 10 glorious years of the Apple App Store.

How the App Store came into being?

Before the arrival of the App Store, the iPhone owners were being pushed towards web-apps. This increased the use of Apple’s home-grown Safari web browser but those web-apps were never able to compete with the actual native apps. This was followed by a jailbreaking movement which allowed developers to make apps that could be installed on the iPhones.

Thankfully, Apple saw what was happening in the apps ecosystem and was quick to react to it. It was then that Apple created the App Store. And since then, the App Store has been one of the easiest ways for mobile application development companies to reach their potential customers.

2008 and 800 apps – The Initial Launch

At the time of lunch, the App Store offered only about 800 apps. But this turned out to be just a mere number when the store saw more than 10 million downloads in the first weekend itself. Hence, Apple’s iconic co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs called the App Store a “grand slam’ after its initial success.

Since then, the App Store has been a major influence in the mobile apps world. It has come a long way in the past ten years. More than 2 million apps are available on the App Store these days. Plus, there have been more than 170 billion app downloads in the past 10 years – making iOS application development an interesting choice for a job for the developer folks.

It is also interesting to note that none of the ‘top 5 paid apps of 2008’ are in the top 100 list of iTunes for most popular App Store paid apps. Still, apps like Facebook and Shazam were on number 2 and 4 in the ‘top 5 free apps list’ respectively. Let’s have a closer look at which apps were the most popular ones back in 2008-

List of Top Apps as Of December 2008

Top 10 Paid Apps

  1. Koi Pond
  2. Texas Hold’em
  3. Moto Chaser
  4. Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart 3D
  5. Super Monkey Ball
  6. Cro-Mag Rally
  7. Enigmo
  8. Pocket Guitar
  9. Recorder
  10. iBeer

Top 10 Free Apps

  1. Pandora Radio
  2. Facebook
  3. Tap Tap Revenge
  4. Shazam
  5. Labyrinth Lite Edition
  6. Remote
  7. Google Earth
  8. Lightsaber Unleashed
  9. AIM
  10. Urbanspoon

Top 10 Paid Games

  1. Texas Hold’em
  2. Moto Chaser
  3. Crash Bandicoot: Nitro Kart 3D
  4. Super Monkey Ball
  5. Cro-Mag Rally
  6. Enigmo
  7. Air Hockey
  8. Bejeweled 2
  9. Flick Bowling
  10. Line Rider iRide

Top 10 Free Games

  1. Tap Tap Revenge
  2. Labyrinth Lite Edition
  3. Sol Free Solitaire
  4. iBowl
  5. Pac-Man Lite
  6. Touch Hockey:FS5
  7. Cannon Challenge
  8. Audi A4 Driving Challenge
  9. Sudoku
  10. Remove

Top 10 Paid Entertainment Apps

  1. Koi Pond
  2. iBeer
  3. iChalky
  4. Face Melter
  5. iFish
  6. TouchScan
  7. What’s on TV?
  8. Pocket Piano
  9. Sketches
  10. OneTap Movies

Top 10 Free Entertainment Apps

  1. Remote
  2. Lightsaber Unleashed
  3. i.TV
  4. BubbleWrap
  5. Movies
  6. iDoodle 2 Lite
  7. SHowtimes
  8. Now Playing
  9. Scribble
  10. Crazy Pumpkin

iOS Application Development – More than a mere app development job

The App Store created new opportunities for iOS app developers in the field of iOS development. The app tsunami created riches which spawned new economic opportunities. Billions of dollars were raised up for startups’ apps like Uber, Angry Birds, and Snapchat.

But how do these people in iOS application development earn? In the ‘free apps’ segment, mobile application development companies usually earn by displaying advertising or offering in-app purchases. For the ‘paid apps’ Apple can sometimes take as much as 30 percent of the share.

The App Store is now the fastest growing part of Apple. It has not only generated revenue for Apple but it has also paid out more than 100 billion to developers over the past ten years.

Concluding, App Store has led to the development of many businesses in the past decade. It would be interesting to see the App Store’s growth from here. It has brought us entertainment, music, connected us to friends, made it easy for us to stay connected to work and what not. Sure, these have been done by specific apps but the platform has been the same for them.

The App Store has enhanced our lives since 2008. We hope it continues to grow and provide us with things to talk about as we head into its 11th year and beyond.

Do tell us if you have any nostalgia related to the App Store – it may be related to working on your iPhone or entertainment on your iPad or even music on the iPod. Tell us which app reminds you of the past. Is there any particular app you would like us to mention in the list? Or is there an app which is not available on the Store now but you miss it a lot?