The App store is a short name for
an Application Store. Although the AppStore is not a trade mark of Apple, Apple was the first one to adopt this name as its only source of iPhone applications on line.
Though, there are many AppStores for different devices available, the AppStore has been attached to the Apple iPhone applications.
The App Store has applications for all iOS devices including the iPhone, iPhone 4S, iPod touch, and iPad. You have to be a developer to be able to release applications for the iPhone in this store. To become a developer you must pay $99. Then, 70% of the
application revenue goes to the developer while Apple
Just one year after its grand opening in
July 11, 2008, the app store had over 55,000 applications, and 1 billion downloads.
After 2 years, the App store hosted 100,000
applications. The AppStore had 500,000 applications by end of 2011. This makes it the largest online application store
available in the globe.
The Store is hosted by Apple on its servers. You can access this store from your desktop computer using iTunes, or using the AppStore application for the iPhone.
When you start the App Store
application, you will get
the main screen which has buttons at the top and the bottom. The top
buttons are about new and hot
iPhone applications. At the bottom you will see
Featured, Categories, Top 25,
Search, and Updates.
In the picture above, you can notice that I have 4 updates available, shown by the red circle. This means that 4 of my
installed iPhone applications have new releases. If I click on
the updates button, I will be asked for my password to login to the AppStore, and start downloading the
The search button allows you to search the AppStore for a specific application,
while the Categories button displays applications by category.
The best way of using the AppStore is to use the search button, and just start searching for what you want. Most of the time, you will find an App for what you are looking for.
Most of the applications in the AppStore start at $0.99, while there are many free ones. You can always look at the "Top 25" button which has 3 more options. Top Paid shows you the best paid
applications, while Top Free shows the
best free applications. Those applications get their rating from people who already used those applications and posted their reviews.
Instal iPhone Applications:
To install an
iPhone application after you select
it, tap the "FREE" button if it is free, or the "BUY NOW" button if it is paid.
Then, you can tap the "INSTALL" button to start the installation. You will be asked to enter your Apple ID and password to verify your account.
If the app is free, you will start the download. If it
paid, then your iTunes account will be charged the cost of the application.
will be sent to your email to confirm the transaction.
The process is very simple and fast. The app will end up on your screen
and a new icon will appear.