Apple Has Paid Almost $50 Billion to App Developers

June 13, 2016, 8:01 PM UTC
Key Speakers At The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)
Attendees enter the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Apple Inc. has lost ground to Alphabet Inc.'s Google in the hot voice-activated assistant space. By releasing a software kit at today's Worldwide Developers Conference that lets programmers integrate Siri into their apps, it hopes to catch up with the maker of Google Now and the Android operating system -- as well as Inc.'s Alexa virtual helper -- and thus tie customers more closely to its iOS system. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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While Apple’s annual developer expo Worldwide Developers Conference is usually less glitzy with a focus on software over hardware, that doesn’t mean the iPhone maker doesn’t have some impressive bits to flaunt.

Specifically, numbers.

Apple is well known for dropping statistics and sales figures like bombshells, hoping to both wow and draw applause from its developer base and the media, alike.

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Here’s a quick rundown of what CEO Tim Cook and company touted during the opening keynote session on Monday, highlighting some of Apple’s recent developments and successes.


  • 4: The number of platforms Apple has consolidated around and showcased on Monday: watchOS, tvOS, iOS, and macOS (previously known as OS X)
  • 9: The age of the youngest attendee at WWDC this year
  • 70: The percentage of attendees attending for the first time
  • 74: The number of countries represented at WWDC 2016
  • 350: The number of registration scholarships awarded to WWDC attendees
  • 500: Number of apps with which the App Store launched eight years ago
  • 100: The estimated number of attendees who are under 18 years old
  • 1,300: The number of channels now accessible via tvOS, Apple’s operating system designed specifically for TV
  • 2,000: The number of publications participating on Apple’s mobile news app, Apple News
  • 5,000: The number of registered attendees at this year’s show, which is sold out.
  • 100,000: The number of apps written in Swift, Apple’s programming language introduced in 2014
  • 2 million: The number of developers Apple added in the last year alone; also the number of apps now in the App Store
  • 13 million: The number of people registered in Apple’s developer community
  • 15 million: The number of users on Apple’s music streaming service, Apple Music
  • 60 million: The number of users using the Apple News app
  • 130 million: The number of times those two million apps have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store
  • 50 billion: The amount of money in U.S. Dollars that Apple said it has paid directly to developers over the years

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