App Store customers around the world made apps and games a bigger
part of their holiday season in 2017 than ever before, culminating
in $300 million in purchases made on New Year’s Day 2018. During
the week starting on Christmas Eve, a record number of customers
made purchases or downloaded apps from the App Store, spending
over $890 million in that seven-day period.
“We are thrilled with the reaction to the new App Store and to see
so many customers discovering and enjoying new apps and games,”
said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide
Marketing. “We want to thank all of the creative app developers
who have made these great apps and helped to change people’s
lives. In 2017 alone, iOS developers earned $26.5 billion — more
than a 30 percent increase over 2016.”
So over 30 percent of all App Store royalties paid to developers in history came in 2017 alone.