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Got Apps?

June 28, 2012

Tomorrow Apple’s iPhone turns 5 and among its many success stories is one that almost wasn’t: the App Store. Originally, Steve Jobs wanted the iPhone to be a closed system because he “didn’t want outsiders to create applications for the iPhone that could mess it up, infect it with viruses or pollute its integrity”. That’s according to Walter Isaacson’s biography, and thankfully in this case Steve Jobs turned out not to be as stubborn as he was otherwise known to be. A little more than one year after the first iPhone was released, Apple launched the App Store that is now an integral part of the iPhone and iPad ecosystem. In June 2012, Apple announced that the number of downloaded apps had surpassed the 30 billion mark.

As iOS and Android face off for dominance of industry profits, it may be this decision allowing Apple to maintain its ranking as number 1.

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