Apple also said it paid out developers $26.5 billion in 2017, up from $20 billion in 2016. "We want to thank all of the creative app developers who have made these great apps and helped to change people's lives".
During the week starting on Christmas Eve, customers spent over $890 million in purchases or downloaded apps in that seven-day period, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said on Friday.
Apple just released its end-of-year App Store numbers for 2017 and the first day of the new year, and the holiday season was once again a boon in terms of app purchases. Customers are now enjoying close to 2,000 ARKit-enabled apps spanning every category on the App Store.
That's an interesting result, given that Apple's App Store underwent a significant redesign in September 2017. Apple is chalking this up to the newly introduced augmented reality features built on ARkit. Other popular apps installed often previous year were meditation app Calm, video editor Enlight Videoleap, password manager 1Password and streaming video provider Hulu. These include CSR Racing 2, Stack AR, Amazon, Night Sky, Pitu, Snapchat, etc.
Still, Wall Street analysts use these data points to back into an estimation of how big Apple's App Store is, especially as it becomes more important to Apple's services business, which executives have talked up in the past two years. Apple's more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.