It seems there’s never been a better time to create an app.
Apple has just published official figures showing the health of the app economy with over 290,000 jobs created in the UK alone.
The US technology firm has also revealed that, since the App Store was first created in 2008, it has paid out over €20billion (£17million) to developers.
When the App Store first went live it had meagre 500 apps available for download – fast forward 10 years and you’ll now find over two million to choose from.
According to Apple, the three top cities for app economy jobs are London, Paris and Amsterdam with around 100,000 jobs supported in each city.
Other top UK areas for developing iOS apps are Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol.
The app economy is thriving with one of the biggest changes coming from subscriptions.
App users now seem much more comfortable paying for content with Bernhard Niesner, co-founder and CEO of Busuu, explaining how his language-learning app has seen a huge boost over the past few years.
“Our aim at busuu is to make it easy to learn a language no matter where you are in the world,” said Niesner.
“The iOS platform gave us the tools to create an app that made it fun and intuitive to learn on a mobile device, while the App Store opened up a global market that just didn’t exist before.
“In the ten years since we launched, we have grown into a global business with over 80 million users across 150 countries and our own team has expanded from two to over 100 people.
“We are excited to still be growing as more and more people join our learning community.”
To help boost this growing sector even further, Apple continues to accelerate its plans to support coding education via its Swift software.
Apple is also hosting over 6,000 coding sessions in retail stores in Europe during 2018 to help newcomers learn how to create the next generation of apps.
And the firm is working with over 100 colleges and universities in Europe as part of the Everyone Can Code initiative, to help everyone learn to build mobile apps.
The full-year course was designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach coding and app design to students of all levels and backgrounds.
The news of this app boost comes just a week after Apple announced its next blockbuster update to its iPhone and iPad operating system.
iOS 12 was announced at WWDC 2018 and brings with it a swathe of improvements to this hugely popular software.
Perhaps one of the most important announcements about iOS 12 is its ability to boost performance.
According to Apple, iOS 12 will make many tasks a lot faster with devices such as the iPhone 5s even getting better performance.
Tasks such as launching the Camera app will happen up to 70 per cent faster and typing your next text on the keyboard will appear up to 50 per cent faster.
Other extras include a new Screen Time feature, which lets you know how long you’ve been staring at the display, and something Apple is calling Memojis.
These animated characters can be made to look just like the user with a vast library of facial features, hairstyle and accessories available.
iOS 12 will be available in the autumn.