$1 billion of that comes from December sales.
Apple customers spent $10 billion on apps and in-app purchases in 2013, of which about $1 billion came from December sales. Since the creation of the iStore back in 2008 the folks who make Apple apps have earned about $71 billion worth in sales. Of course, Apple takes its 30% share, which translates to $21.4 billion.
Downloads went up about 50% year-on-year, when compared to 2012, and the total number of apps available went up by 225,000 in 2013, taking the grand total to over a million apps. Estimates suggest that the average daily app revenue in 2013 was something in the region of $27.4 million, while in December that figure went up to $32.3 million per day.
"The lineup of apps for the holiday season was astonishing and we look forward to seeing what developers create in 2014," says Eddie Cue, Apple senior VP, internet software and services.
Apple has every reason to celebrate, and also every reason to publicize. Google is close on Apple's heels, taking away smartphone and tablet market share. Apple doesn't want developers to start thinking the cash is greener over on the Android side of the street. For the moment, with sales figures like these, Apple seemingly has little to worry about; but time will tell.