Apple has released figures about the iOS App Store and revealed it has created 300,000 new jobs since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Apple has been under fire for how it operates and manages its App Store. In particular, it is locked in a legal battle with Fortnite maker Epic over the fees it charges. It’s little wonder that Apple is eager to prove the App’s Store’s value.
“The iOS app economy has created nearly 300,000 new jobs since April 2019, helping to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages even as COVID-19 continues to create immense challenges and uncertainty for communities across the country,” reads Apple’s blog post. “Developers nationwide — including companies such as Caribu, H‑E‑B, and Shine — have adapted their businesses to make sure they can keep supporting their customers during a challenging time.
“Since the App Store launched in 2008, the iOS app economy has become one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy. Despite the pandemic, the App Store continues to provide economic opportunities for entrepreneurs of all sizes, helping anyone with an idea reach customers around the world and take advantage of new opportunities that would never be possible without it. The App Store ecosystem now supports more than 2.1 million US jobs across all 50 states — an increase of 15 percent since last year — as part of the 2.7 million jobs Apple supports across the country.“