In a piece of classic Apple timing, Cupertino has just issued a press release to draw some eyeballs away from CES. It has announced that more than 40 billion apps have now been downloaded from its iOS App Store — with almost half of those downloads taking place last year, underlining the momentum powering its mobile ecosystem. The 40 billion figure excludes re-downloads and app updates. December was a record-breaking month for iOS app downloads, according to Apple, with more than two billion downloads during the period — doubtless fuelled by holiday iOS device sales. Apple said its App Store now has more than 500 million active accounts, and there are now more than 775,000 apps in the store, including more than 300,000 native iPad apps.
The full story can be read/found on Apple App Store: 40B Downloads And Counting; 2B+ In December, ~20B In 2012