One year into AppStore…
AppStore celebrated its first birthday very recently and what a ride it has been for Apple, iPhone, Developers, the ecosystem and the complete industry. The past year has been a great progress in mobile computing and AppStore obviously proved to be extremely successful with over 56,000 Applications and 1.5 Billion AppStore downloads. Congrats to Apple for changing the mobile market forever.
With over 56,000 applications and growing at ever faster pace, how will AppStore look a year from now is hard to imagine. My guess is, AppStore will become more diluted and a messy place with countless number of apps – unless Apple makes some changes in the way they approve apps and comes up with a better way of listing apps.
When I say AppStore will be filled with unlimited number of apps, I almost mean it. To give you an example, let us look at the ‘Travel’ category in AppStore. There are 172 pages of Apps with each page holding 20 apps. That is basically 3440 Apps in travel category. Now, if an app has to make it to the top 100 in that category, it probably needs to sell less than 10 units a day. So imagine how many units the other 3300+ apps selling. But that is not the point. The point is the kind of applications that are making their way onto the AppStore in this category. If you notice, a majority of apps in this category are info about cities. This means, there is an app for almost every city. I mean, an app for EVERY CITY. So where will this end? Imagine the state of the AppStore when every city has an App and the difficulty end users will face to find other apps among this App Jungle.
This is a good problem to have for Apple. But this has to be addressed by Apple soon. The focus for AppStore now has to be on Quality and not Quantity. Its time for the next major update, Apple.