It seems like, oh, no more than six days ago when we were predicting this festive occasion, but Apple's large and increasingly lucrative iPhone-geared App store has reached the one billionth download.
The lucky winner was a mere slip of a lad, a boy of 13 who downloaded a social networking program called Bump that is created, not too surprisingly, by Bump Technologies. Connor Mulcahey, upon downloading his app also won a prize for his troubles of a $10,000 iTunes gift card, an iPod touch, a Time Capsule and a MacBook Pro. Not a bad return for a couple of minutes work.
Now populated with 35,000 applications, Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing was rightly proud of the company's achievement: 'The revolutionary App Store has been a phenomenal hit with iPhone and iPod touch users around the world and we'd like to thank our customers and developers for helping us achieve the astonishing milestone of one billion apps downloaded. In nine months, the App Store has completely revolutionised the mobile industry and this is only the beginning.'
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