Apple App Store hits $300m in sales on New Year’s Day

If you’re ever wondering how much money goes through the Google or Apple stores, here’s a pretty good indicator for you; This 2018 New Year’s Day saw Apple rake in a stunning $300 million from around the world. From Christmas eve till New Year’s Day, Apple customers spent a total of $890 million!

“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.”

At the top of the App Store charts was Pokémon GO on December 21, thanks to the introduction of new augmented reality features. Close to 2,000 ARKit-enabled apps are now on the App Store and the number is increasing.

Among the most popular AR titles are games such as CSR Racing 2, Stack AR and Kings of Pool; shopping apps like Amazon and Wayfair; education apps including Night Sky and Thomas & Friends Minis; and social media apps including Pitu and Snapchat.

The newly redesigned App Store, introduced with iOS 11 in September, has also been making app and game discovery fun and easy for the over half a billion customers that visit the App Store every week.

The App Store’s new Today, Games and Apps tabs showcased breakout hits in 2017, including Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Monument Valley 2, King of Glory, Calm and Affinity Photo. Fan favourites Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga, Enlight Videoleap, 1Password and Hulu also remained popular throughout the year.