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Apple opens $9.99 software store July 31, 2008

Posted by priscilaraposo in Have you heard of the news?.
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Four months after Steve Jobs first announced it, Apple’s App Store — the showcase for third-party developers writing new software for the iPhone and iPod touch — has opened its doors, at least for some users.

The timing of the launch was apparently driven by New Zealand, where the iPhone 3G was set to go on sale at 12:01 a.m., Friday July 11. Given the time difference, that dictated an opening in the United States no later than 8:01 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

What will you find in the App Store? There are already 26 full pages of programs, with 21 applications on each, and according to Apple there’s a lot more to come.

In interviews with the New York Times and USA Today, Steve Jobs offered a few statistics:

  • More than 500 programs
  • 90% of them $9.99 or less
  • 25% of them free
  • One third of them games

In addition to games, the store is expected to offer lots of educational programs, mobile commerce and business productivity tools.

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