3 Billion Apps downloaded on iPad App Store


For those who develop apps for the iPad these numbers are amazing, since the launch of the iPad in 2010 there have been more than 3 BILLION downloads of apps developed specifically for the iPad.

According to an ABI Research press release, they have estimated that more than 3 billion apps have been cumulatively downloaded since the iPad first launched in 2010, this is an estimated 19% of all iOS App Store downloads, or almost a fifth of all downloads despite the fact that the iPad was released two years after the iOS App Store opened.

According to the numbers released by ABI an estimated 120,000 applications have been developed specifically for the iPad as of the third quarter of 2011. The growth rate of the iPad-specific apps is similar to the explosive start that the iPhone saw when the App Store first opened. It took under 18 months for the iPhone and iPod touch application downloads to 3 billion.

New Thunderbolt devices coming 2012

copied from macrumors.com

DigiTimes reports that Intel has notified partners that the company will “fully release” its Thunderbolt technology in April 2012. Intel is reportedly preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time.

Intel and Apple originally partnered on the new technology which has become standard across Apple’s MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac. Digitimes reports that the cost of Thunderbolt technology is expected to drop in the second half of 2012, allowing more widespread adoption.While Apple does offer Thunderbolt across most of its product line, the first Thunderbolt products have been limited to relatively high end devices. More widespread adoption should help drive adoption by accessory makers that will benefit both Mac and PC users that use Thunderbolt.

Intel has always said that they see both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt as complementary technologies and plans to support both in their 2012 motherboards.

Apple grabs more online visitors than Walmart this season

new report from comScore shows that Apple netted more online visitors in the U.S. in November than retail giant Walmart.

Apple’s sites got more than 79 million unique visitors from the U.S. compared with under 59 million for Walmart. The reason behind these numbers? iTunes downloads, Ad Age says.

Neither site topped Amazon, which drew more than 112 million unique visitors and was the highest-ranked retail site on comScore’s matrix, which included visitors from homes, businesses and academic networks. It’ll be interesting to see how these numbers will change for this month, when people use their gifted iTunes cards and new gadgets to grab even more content from iTunes.

Best Time To Launch Your New App is Sunday.

Developers pay attention!

If you are planning to release your App on the Apple App Store, then new research shows that Sunday is the best day to release it. This is according to a 17-week long analysis conducted by Mobilewalla, the mobile analytics firm.

In order to gather reliable data, the company studied the apps released on a daily basis in the iTunes App Store and Android Market between May 16th and September 8th, 2011. The company determined that 91,754 iOS apps were released into the iTunes App Store and 122,220 apps released into the Android Market.

If you are debating whether to release your App on the App Store or on the Android market then consider this according to TechCrunch,  an app released into Apple’s App Store is four times more likely to be discovered than an app released into the Android Market.

If you are wondering what day to avoid, then the answer is simple if your App is for the Android Market, then steer clear of  Thursdays as only 7% of apps reached the top 240 then during the study. On the App Store the worst day for a new release is Friday, with only 10% of apps reaching the top 240.

iFixit Releases Improved Toolkits For Taking Apart All Your Apple Gear

 

If you are like me, then simply playing around with the software installed on your Apple gear just doesn’t seem to be enough any more, I enjoy opening up the device to see in innards, as well as exchange the default parts with better upgrades. One thing however that hinders many Apple fans from opening their Mac or iDevice are the screws that Apple uses, well now there is a new toolkit on the street that will help ease the process. iFixit’s has just released two new and improved toolkits.

The 54 Bit Driver Kit is perfect for the DIY enthusiast, and it won’t break your bank at only $25. Here’s some of the additions to the new kit:

  • Pentalobe bits to open the iPhone 4, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.
  • T7 through T20 security bits to fit Torx security screws with a pin in the center.
  • A full line of metric nut drivers.
  • JIS bits to fit the screws found in digital cameras, R/C helicopters, and other high-end electronics.
  • A custom adapter to allow our small precision bits to be used in standard 1/4” screwdrivers with larger handles, ratcheting handles, or torque drivers.
  • A 60 mm extension that doubles as a T-handle, making it easy to get extra torque and remove stubborn screws.

The Pro Tech Base Toolkit is the larger option with every tool you need for your geeky arsenal. It comes with the 54 Bit Driver Kit included, which is a great deal for $60. Here are the new additions:

  • 54 Bit Driver Kit
  • Anti-static wrist strap
  • 4 plastic opening tools
  • 4 precision tweezers
  • Spudger
  • 4 metal spudgers
  • Small suction cup
  • iFixit ruler
  • Custom-made tool roll

Whats great about the Toolkit is the fact that you can use it for so many different devices, not only Apple Products, I used the screwdrivers previously to open up my PS3, and DVD player.

You can order both kits on iFixit’s website just in time for Christmas!

Apple releases 12 Days of Christmas app for European customers

Throughout the past few years Apple has a holiday promotion that gives away free music, movies or apps via their 12 Days of Christmas app. The giveaway starts December 26 and ends January 6. Each day there’s a new seasonal treat to download, and the app notifies users when the promotion goes live. If you download the app however be sure to download the offers on a daily basis, since they are well daily meaning they only last for 24 hours.

European readers with an iPhone or iPad can download the 12 Days of Christmas app from the App Store. According to AppleInsider, the app will be available to Canadian customers soon.

EA launches a Daily Deals page for the holidays

So now that we’re rolling into December, we’re about to enter into the biggest season of the year for both app buying and app sales. Right before Christmas, Apple will “freeze” the App Store, which means listings won’t get updated, and developers won’t be able to change prices or release new apps, so iOS devs and publishers are working overtime right now to make sure everything is ready for the holiday.

But there are other ways to find big app price drops. EA has made it easy for its apps — the company has put together a “Daily Deals” page that will highlight free and discounted apps that show up in the company’s catalog. Right now, for example, Shift 2 Unleashed and The Sims Medieval are both completely free, and there are a few other apps that are discounted in price.

Best Buy mocks Apple in new Ad

If you have been to Best Buy recently you will know that they offer a wide variety of Apple products since the company is an authorized Apple reseller, and it wants its customers to know that this holiday shopping season.

The retailer’s latest ad focuses on a customer who just discovered Best Buy sells all the hottest Apple gifts. The edgy commercial pits the customer who purchased all her gifts from Best Buy, against Santa who arrived too late to put anything under the tree.

While not all Best Buy locations carry Apple products, those that do are a valuable resource for Apple owners. Best Buy carries most Apple products including the iPhone, iPod, MacBook Pro and the iMac. The retailer also lines its shelves with Apple-compatible accessories for those in a pinch who need a case or screen protector right away.

Apple offers free shipping on all purchases made before Dec. 22

Apple Offers Free Shipping On All Items Purchased Through Its Online Store Before Dec. 22

If you are anything like me you will wait until the last minute with completing your Christmas purchases, then this will be great news for you, you can now get free shipping on all items in the Apple online store. The company started the promotion today as part of its Christmas sales push, and it will run until December 22.

You can take advantage of the offer by purchasing goods from Apple’s website, or by using the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Free delivery is currently only available to those in the U.S., according to Apple’s website. However, it’s possible other territories will get see free shipping soon for the Christmas rush. Thanks to Apple’s signature gift wrapping service (also free!), you can purchase gifts for friends and family via the online store and have them delivered directly to their recipients. Free shipping means you don’t have to worry about how many items you purchase, or how many deliveries you wish to make.

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Rockstar offers huge discounts on GTA games for Mac!!!

Get Over Half Off All Grand Theft Auto Titles For Mac For Black Friday

If you are like me you probably hold off buying games in the days that lead up to Black Friday, well this year it has really paid off, iOS developers aren’t the only ones slashing prices for Black Friday 2011; there’s also some awesome discounts to be found in the Mac App Store. One of the best we’ve discovered this morning is over half off all three of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto titles for Mac.

That includes Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. All of which have been reduced from $14.99 to just $6.99:

In addition to reductions on its Mac App Store releases, Rockstar is also offering 33% off all its titlesavailable on Steam.