How Apple's app store changed our world

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It eliminated the friction and overhead of setting up our own distribution and payment systems, making development far more accessible to everyone and letting us focus on our true passion: making the best apps we can.

Most Android phones have manual control options in their respective smartphone app, but Apple does not provide this control on the iPhone. As this chart from Statista shows, these combined services have doubled their revenue since 2015, accumulating $1.3 trillion over the course of five and a half years. This move was so impactful that the App Store became a good reason for people to buy the iPhone.

Numerous first 500 apps available on the App Store are still downloadable today, although its fair to say they've been tweaked slightly since their original launch.

You can download the iOS app for free but you'll need to pay a one-time $2.99 in-app purchase to unlock the pro controls. Now the Seattle-based startup is focusing on software, with a robust new app that gives more pro-style manual controls to mobile photographers.

The education app was initially created to allow educators to send parents real-time updates on their toddlers' movements at kindergarten. The Moment app is also compatible with the Moment Original Photo Case and Moment Battery Photo Case, including support for the physical shutter button on the case. Within three months, the number of apps available for the iPad will triple.

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Apple also points to the launch of the App Store as the catalyst for the rise of mobile gaming and launching titles such as Angry Birds, Temple Run and Pokemon Go. Check out our favorites for iOS and Android, as well as the best camera apps for shooting RAW.

The iPhone changed everything when it was released a little over 10 years ago.

The updated App Store app revolves around a new home page that offers articles, tips, and other curated content. To commemorate the event, Apple not only released the stunning iPhone X, but a major redesign to the App Store as well.

"In its first decade, the App Store has surpassed all of our wildest expectations", said Phil Schiller, senior vice president, Worldwide Marketing, at Apple. App Annie, an app market data and insights firm, predicts more than 170 billion apps have been downloaded in the last eight years alone, representing more than $130 billion in customer spending.

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