Apples Mac App Store Adds Just 15 Apps Per Month Vs 15 Per Minute For The IOS App Store

Apples Mac App Store Adds Just 15 Apps Per Month Vs 15 Per Minute For The IOS App Store

Apple's Mac App Store appears to have stalled, according to a new report from analytics firm AppFigures. Launched over a decade ago in 2011 with a thousand apps, the Mac App Store now offers just 31,000 apps for Apple computers, compared to nearly 5 million apps in the iOS App Store.

Even worse, there are only a handful of new apps added to the Mac App Store each month.

“If you're developing for a Mac, this can be a shock. The Mac App Store averages only 15 new apps every month,” said Ariel Michaeli, CEO of AppFigures. "It's that the App Store, which has about 1,000 new apps every day, is added every 20 minutes."

The main difference, of course, is that there are many ways to distribute desktop apps, while there is only one established, approved, and recommended way to publish and receive mobile apps, especially for iOS. Available on every Mac, the Apple Desktop App Store provides an easy, integrated way to get new apps. But app developers can also sell on the open web, where they don't have to follow Apple's rules or pay sales fees.

Another reason why there are far fewer apps for computers than for phones is that many features now only work in our web browsers, eliminating the need for a dedicated app.

That could change, Mihaeli suggests, which Apple is working on.