A quick update for those keeping track of how well the iOS developer money train is chugging along: As of its earnings call this morning, Apple has paid out over $20 billion to iOS developers.
More surprising than the overall amount, however, is the rate at which the money is coming in. Of the $20 billion paid out since the App Store launched in 2008, “nearly half” of it has been paid out in the last 12 months.
As of January of this year, Apple had paid out $15 billion. That means around $5 billion was paid out in the last six months. By comparison, Google mentioned back at I/O that they’d paid out $5 billion to developers in the past year.
(For those curious about what Apple’s cut of all this was, a quick calculation: Apple’s share is 30 percent, with the developer taking 70 percent. $20B is…
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Apple has announced a strategic partnership with IBM that will see the enterprise giant transfer over 150 of their enterprise and IT apps and tools to Apple platforms natively, and will also have IBM selling Apple iPhones and iPads to its business clients all over the world. In an interview with CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty both told the network that Apple and IBM are like “puzzle pieces” that fit perfectly together.
“We knew that we needed to have a partner that deeply understood each of the verticals,” Cook told CNBC. “That had scale, that had a lot of dirt under their fingernails so to speak from really understanding each of these verticals and we found a kindred spirit in IBM.”
Apple touts the access the partnership gives them to IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, and talks about how the apps that it…
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