Apple turns to developers to show off App Store strength

Apple CEO Tim Cook says iOS is delivering more money to developers than rival platforms

Lots of companies dream of giving their products a high-profile debut. Anki, a robotics company that uses iOS as both the controller and "brains" of a new race-car game, got to share the Worldwide Developers Conference stage with Apple.

A screen shot of the iPhone's remote view of the Anki Drive race track.

Why take the time out of a keynote jammed with OS and hardware announcements to spotlight one app maker? To illustrate the continuing heft and draw of Apple's now 5-year-old App Store. More than 50 billion apps have been downloaded from the store, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted during his keynote. There are are 900,000 apps available, with 375,000 of those designed specifically for the iPad.

"That still compares to just a few hundred (apps) for those other guys," he said, referring to rivals like the Android operating system.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said iOS was delivering more money to developers than rival platforms.

All those downloads are creating wealth. Cook said the app store had 570 million accounts: "More accounts with credit cards than any other store on the Internet that we're aware of."

As a result, Apple has paid $10 billion during the life of the store--$5 billion in last year "That's three times more than all other platforms combined," Cook said.

As for Anki, CEO Boris Sofman showed off a new game, Anki Drive,in which real iPhone-controlled cars raced around a mat on the floor--a 21st century twist on those old race tracks from rec room basements. Four cars competed for position, and one "fired" weapons at the other to clear the track of rivals.

"This is a video game in the real world," Sofman said. "We're taking the things you love about video games and putting them into the real world where you can physically touch them"

That's the sort of developer innovation keeping the iOS platform ahead of challengers like Android. "I think these guys are going to be super-successful," Cook said of Anki, which is made up of robotics researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Sofman said the full Anki Drive game would be available in the fall; the app is available now to give users a preview of the cars, the game, "and the technology that makes it real."

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags wwdcconsumer electronicssmartphonesgameshardware systemsiPhoneapp storetabletsiPadApple

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joel Mathis

Macworld.com
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?