There are now more than 100,000 iPad apps available in the Apple App Store. What’s more, Apple hit this staggering number just one year and three months after first releasing the Apple iPad in April 2010.
The figure includes specific iPad apps and iPhone apps adapted for the iPad’s big, 9.7-inch screen. The iPad can also run iPhone apps not optimized for the larger screen, though at iPhone size or resolution.
Apple has celebrated a handful of App Store milestones in the past. Just before the one-year anniversary of the original iPad’s launch, the App Store hit 75,000 iPad apps. Apple also celebrated the 10 billionth app download in January 2011; just six months following the five billionth download. The 10 billionth app downloaded was Paper Glider, and the downloader received a $10,000 gift certificate to the App Store from Apple. The App Store launched in 2008 for the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G.
One of Apple’s biggest iPad advantages is the sheer volume of tablet-optimized apps available in the App Store. A comparative lack of tablet-optimized apps is often cited as a reason Android Honeycomb tablets, cannot match the sales strength of the iPad. As of mid-June when TabletPCReview evaluated the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, there were less than 100 Honeycomb apps in the Android Market. However, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and other Honeycomb tablets can also run any Android application developed for smartphones.