Apple boasts of a $10bn year in its App Store

Apple has managed to break revenue records for its App Store with consumers downloading more than 3m apps in December alone

Apple has broken through the $10bn sales mark in its app store for the first time with the numbers from last year being tallied up underlying the ongoing growth in the mobile application market.

The vendor saw $1bn of apps sold just in December alone, with nearly 3bn downloaded by users, as it got to the $10bn mark for 2013 and added that it continues to pay out to developers that back its operating system.

Apple revealed that it has paid out $15bn to developers so far and highlighted the global effort with some of the app highlights of the year coming from firms in the UK, Romania, Japan and Australia, with British firm Frogmind described as one to watch in 2014.

“We’d like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014.”

The vendor's App store now offers more than a million apps to users on its phones and tablets and iPod touch products across 155 countries.

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