It is definitely time for recaps. Appsfire, the app recommendation service created by Ouriel Ohayon and Yann Lechelle, has just published an infographic retracing the main activities recorded in the App Store in 2012.
This infographic allows us to identify several trends:
- The growth rate of application creation tends to decrease, a sign of maturity of the market. In detail, 339,164 applications were created this year on the App Store. In total, since its creation, Apple’s online store has listed more than 1 million applications.
- Free apps are taking over. Indeed, in 2008, 74% of the applications created were paying. A percentage which falls this year to 34%. This erosion could be explained in particular by the boom in freemium applications which favor in-app purchases to monetize their services.
- This year, over 25% of applications submitted and approved were withdrawn from sale.
- Nearly 600,000 applications would never have recorded a significant number of downloads.
- At the same time, only a thousand applications have managed to climb at least once in the top of the most downloaded applications in the US.
- Finally, while social gaming applications represent only 17% of total applications, they would constitute the majority of applications that appear in the top 10.