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Apple App Store saw record $300 million purchases on New Year's Day

Apple App Store saw record $300 million purchases on New Year's Day

Past year also saw Apple unveil a redesigned App Store with the release of iOS 11 in September.

And Apple isn't the only one that benefited; on Thursday the company said iOS developers earned $26.5 billion in 2017 - an increase of more than 30 percent over 2016. And on New Years Day alone, people spent $300 million in the App Store, beating out last year's record-setting number of $240 million in purchases on January 1, 2017. "We want to thank all of the creative app developers who have made these great apps and helped to change people's lives".

Apple also notes there are now almost 2000 ARKit-enabled apps across all categories of the App Store, while the latter now sees over 500 million customer visits every week. Pokemon GO went back to the top of the charts on 21 December when it introduced AR features based on Apple's ARKit framework.

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That means there were more than a billion dollars total in App Store purchases made during the holidays, a not-insignificant amount, especially when you consider third-party research reports that suggest the majority of smartphone users in the United States download zero new apps per month. Since Apple launched the App Store in 2008, iOS developers have earned over $86 billion. Other popular AR game titles include CSR Racing 2, Stack AR and Kings of Pool.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. TechCrunch reported that buddybuild would become part of Xcode, Apple's suite of development tools for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

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