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Tech & Science How Apple's app store changed our world

16:08  11 july  2018
16:08  11 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The resulting explosion of phone apps — there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone — has changed daily life for billions of people around the world . In the beginning. None of that was going on when Apple ’ s app store debuted 10 years ago Tuesday.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps , unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2009 file photo, a poster touting applications available for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch is seen at the Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Since its debut 10 years ago Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Apple’s app store has unleashed new ways for us to work, play, and become lost in our screens. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2009 file photo, a poster touting applications available for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch is seen at the Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. Since its debut 10 years ago Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Apple’s app store has unleashed new ways for us to work, play, and become lost in our screens. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own.

The resulting explosion of phone apps — there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone — has changed daily life for billions of people around the world.

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The resulting explosion of phone apps - there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone - has changed daily life for billions of people around the world . In the beginning. None of that was going on when Apple ' s app store debuted 10 years ago Tuesday.

Since its debut 10 years ago Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Apple ' s app store has unleashed new ways for us to work, play, and become lost in our The resulting explosion of phone apps —there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone—has changed daily life for billions of people around the world .

It has unleashed new ways for us to work and play — and to become so distracted that we sometimes forget to look up from our screens. It has created new industries — think ride-hailing services like Uber, which would be unimaginable without mobile apps — and pumped up demand for software developers and coding schools.

But it has also opened the door to an age of technology anxiety, rife with concerns that apps are serving us a little too well and holding our attention whether we want them to or not.

IN THE BEGINNING

None of that was going on when Apple's app store debuted 10 years ago Tuesday. At the time, mobile phones were largely a take-it-or-leave it proposition, with features programmed by their manufacturers and customization mostly limited to a choice between tinny electronic ringtones.

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The apps that have come out of Apple ' s app store — there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone — has changed daily life for billions of people around the world . Apple ' s app store gave rise to major tech companies like Snapchat and Uber.

The resulting explosion of phone apps — there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone — has changed daily life for billions of people around the world . In the beginning. None of that was going on when Apple ’ s app store debuted 10 years ago Tuesday.

The iPhone itself was still in its infancy, with only 6 million devices sold during the device's first year. Then came the App Store, which offered 500 programs users could take or leave themselves. During its first weekend, people downloaded 10 million apps — many of them games.

Apple competitors Google, Amazon and Microsoft soon launched their own app stores. Together, these companies now offer roughly 7 million apps . Apple, meanwhile, has now sold more than a billion iPhones .

FILE - This March 19, 2018 file photo shows Apple's App Store app in Baltimore. Since its debut 10 years ago Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Apple’s app store has unleashed new ways for us to work, play, and become lost in our screens. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This March 19, 2018 file photo shows Apple's App Store app in Baltimore. Since its debut 10 years ago Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Apple’s app store has unleashed new ways for us to work, play, and become lost in our screens. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

THE APP ECONOMY

That app tsunami, and the riches it generated, spawned new economic opportunities. Billions of dollars flowed into startups dependent on their apps, from Uber to Snapchat to Spotify to game makers like Angry Birds creator Rovio. Opportunities for software developers blossomed as well.

Britain is the top European country for app developers with more than 290,000 jobs linked to Apple's App Store

  Britain is the top European country for app developers with more than 290,000 jobs linked to Apple's App Store Figures from the US giant show that British developers have made more than £2bn overall from sales since the App Store was launched in 2008. The figures demonstrate how the UK has become Europe's leading tech hub. London was the biggest base of activity, with 138,000 app-related jobs. Other top cities include Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol.Apple said the UK's closest competitor was Germany, which has 262,000 jobs related to apps. France has 220,000.

A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps , unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own. The resulting explosion of phone apps — there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone — has changed daily life for billions of.

The resulting explosion of phone apps - there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone - has changed daily life for billions of people around the world . In the beginning. None of that was going on when Apple ' s app store debuted 10 years ago Tuesday. At the time, mobile phones were

Apple perhaps benefited most of all. Its "free" apps usually display advertising or make money from subscriptions or other in-app purchases, while others charge users to download. Apple takes a cut of this action, sometimes as much as 30 percent.

The app store is now the fastest growing part of Apple's business. Together with other Apple services, the app store generated $33 billion in revenue over the year that ended in March. The company says it has paid out more than $100 billion to developers during the past decade.

THE OTHER SIDE OF APPS

For all the possibilities apps have allowed, there's also a dark side.

The Center for Humane Technology, an advocacy group formed by early employees of Google and Facebook, charges that many apps are engineered specifically to capture our attention, often to our detriment. That makes them "part of a system designed to addict us ," the group says.

Apple says it shares similar concerns. To help, the company is adding new tools to the iPhone to track and control the usage of the most time-consuming apps.

Apple requires a privacy policy for everything in the App Store .
Starting on October 3rd, apps for Apple's devices are going to be more transparent about what they do with your personal information.&nbsp;Greater transparency in this case is a good thing, and we as users will be able to make better judgments about the apps and services we choose to use. For now, though, we're not sure whether Apple will try to actively police these privacy policies — after all, the company certainly has the power to pull apps or otherwise take developers to task if and when privacy violations occur. (We've reached out to Apple for comment, and will update this story should they respond.

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