Are there too many applications for the iPhone/iPod?
It was only a couple of months ago that the number of Apple apps available for the iPhone and iPod Touch passed the 65,000 mark, now AppShopper has said there are now more than 100,000 apps approved. And there is no sign of it slowing down.
It is believed that the official number is 92,000 with either developers, or Apple itself, having second thoughts on some of the approved applications.
With everything from iFart (makes your iPod a virtual wind-breaking device), through to BulletFlight, which helps gunmen line up a clean shot at their target by calculating factors such as wind conditions, ammunition being used, and distance to the target, there is something for everyone.
With developers making a nice little profit from it, and Apple taking their share, why wouldn’t they encourage more. However, there comes a saturation point whereby maybe too many apps are available. Who has the time to spend trolling through over 100,000 applications? What happens when it reaches 1 million?
It’s a sure way for app developers to make a nice living, but from a consumer point of view, it certainly doesn’t help sort the wheat from the chafe. With more than 2 billion downloads reached late last month, this Apple App monster has still to run its course.