AppsAccording to Apple chief executive Tim Cook, his company has now paid out $8bn to iOS app developers. That’s up from the $7bn milestone that Apple announced on 7 January, indicating a billion-dollar month for App Store payouts. To put that another way, once you add in Apple’s 30% cut that’s the same as 1.4bn sales of Angry Birds – or for younger readers, 1.4bn wagons of virtual Smurfberries. Or, indeed, enough to fund Bjork’s Kickstarter campaign to port her Biophilia app to the Android and Windows 8 platforms 3,809 times over. Not that this is high on Apple’s priorities, obviously. More seriously, if you want one statistic to explain why so many important and/or innovative apps still come out first (or only) on iOS, it’s the $8bn total payouts figure.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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