The US resident downloaded Space Inch’s Say the Same Thing – a two-player, turn-by-turn game that requires both players to think of a word that connects two distinctly different words. The app is free for both iPhone and iPad, and is likely to become very popular thanks to Ashmore.
The App Store opened in 2008, with 500 apps, but in the past five years Apple’s iOS hub has grown past 850,000 apps in 155 countries according to Apple.
“Apple would like to thank our incredible customers and developers for topping 50 billion apps downloaded,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue.
“The App Store completely transformed how people use their mobile devices and created a thriving app ecosystem that has paid out over nine billion dollars to developers. We’re absolutely floored to cross this milestone in less than five years.”
The 50 billion download milestone excludes re-downloads and updates, equating to 800 apps downloaded per second or two billion apps per month from the App Store.
Apple’s last App Store countdown in March last year, saw Chunli Fu in China receive the US$10,000 gift card, after downloading the 25 billionth app from the App Store – the free version of Disney’s Where’s My Water? game.
Apple announced its App Store reached 40 billion app downloads in January – almost half of which came in 2012.