The App Store made $10 billion in sales last year, with December alone providing over $1 billion and a record-breaking amount of app downloads. iOS users racked up "almost" 3 billion downloads last month, helping to take App Store developers' earnings to date up to a whopping $15 billion.
Given that earnings figure was around the $7 billion mark
at the end of 2012, that would suggest Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue isn't exaggerating when he calls 2013 "the best year ever for the App Store." As for what kind of apps are taking the most advantage of that success, it's games, games, and more games.
As we learned last month
, Candy Crush Saga
was the most downloaded free app of 2013, while Minecraft: Pocket Edition
was the year's best-selling paid app. Revealingly, Candy Crush Saga
was the sweetest of all for gross revenue, with Minecraft: Pocket Edition down
(relatively) in 11th.